A Guyanese woman was arrested with 5.7 pounds of cocaine on Saturday shortly before she was about to board a New York-bound flight.
The cocaine was concealed in a suitcase that the 32-year old woman was carrying.
Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) agents escorted the woman from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport to the drug agency’s headquarters.
There, all the cocaine was extracted and weighed.
In recent times, New York authorities have arrested Guyanese entering the US with cocaine concealed in their underwear and more recently in pepper-sauce.
It is unclear how those couriers were able to slip out the illicit narcotic through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, despite the presence of police and CANU drug agents as well as a newly purchased equipment that detects if foreign objects are concealed on travellers’ bodies.