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Drug trafficker hides $67,000 worth of cocaine in 6 pairs of shoes while flying into JFK Airport in New York

By Mason White 5:09 PM February 15, 2017
6 pairs of shoes containing cocaine
By: Emily Lewis

Customs and Border Protection officers became suspicious of a man bringing six pairs of shoes into the United States, and pulled him aside for an inspection.

On Thursday, Amaziah Hohenkirk arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he tried to walk past U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers, but was stopped in his tracks.

Officers stopped Hohenkirk, a Guyanese citizen, who arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana via Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

During the course of the inspection, officers discovered four pairs of sneakers and two pairs of shoes in his luggage that contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

Hohenkirk was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.

The total weight of cocaine seized was approximately 4 pounds with a street value estimated to be $67,000.

Hohenkirk now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.