Cocaine valued at $400 thousand dollars was abandoned in a bag at JFK airport in New York; arrived on a flight from Ecuador

A load of about 24 pounds (11 kilos) of cocaine valued at almost half a million dollars was found inside an abandoned duffel bag at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, according to the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

The drugs were found in a bag arrived on a plane from Guayaquil, Ecuador, on December 10, federal authorities said yesterday.

A police dog alerted the officers CBP on the bag, which was left among the checked luggage on the plane, but not claimed.

The officers X-rayed the bag and soon realized that it contained ten blocks of cocaine, with a estimated street value of $400,000 dollars, authorities said. The drug was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) for further investigation. It is not clear if they have been able to trace the passenger who checked that bag in Ecuador.

“[CBP] stands firm and determined to keep these deadly drugs out of our neighborhoods, our family, friends and neighbors,” said Francis Russo, director of New York Field Operations for the agency, quoted by Pix11.

No arrests have been made or suspects identified. Anyone with information should call to 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page or by text to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.

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