A wheelchair-bound woman was found with 27 lbs of cocaine hidden under her motorized chair seat at JFK International Airport. The woman, who has been identified as Yoncela Stanley, was traveling from St. Lucia, had six bricks and two clear bags of cocaine, worth nearly $500,000.
Yoncela arrived at the airport on a JetBlue flight on Sunday, June 11. When Stanley presented her baggage, she looked nervous.The 33-year-old accused was arrested at the John F. Kennedy International Airport after a drug-sniffing K-9 sniffed the drugs in her wheelchair backseat. The K-9 then alerted the Customs and Border Protection officers, who realized that the wheelchair backseat looked unusual and heavy.
The powder was then tested, and turned out to be cocaine. It was later revealed that Yoncela had just returned to the United States of America after being in St. Lucia for a while. She was arrested and handed over to Homeland Security Investigations. The powder was seized which weighed around 27 lbs and had an estimated street value of $486,000.
As we all know, cocaine is an illegal drug sold on the streets and is often called as the caviar of drugs. It is an expensive drug and is mostly used by celebrities, models, and Wall Street traders. It has severe adverse effects on the brain, the nervous system, and the heart. It is highly addictive and occasional users are at a high risk of sudden death. On the streets, it is also known as coke, crack, and blow.
The CBP tweeted saying that there is no limit to the creative ways through which people take their products past their agents. However, their forces successfully stopped her mission.
Leon Hayward, Acting Director, Field Operations New York said that the latest seizure demonstrated the vigilance of CBP officers and praised their excellence in detecting those who try to smuggle such illegal substances.
Yoncela Stanley is charged with the importation of a controlled substance, and her bail is set at $50,000. She will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District of the court.