Authorities: Man stashed 2 pounds of heroin in underwear

Customs officials at Kennedy International Airport say they discovered shrink-wrapped cylinders in the underwear of a Colombian man


Associated Press

NEW YORK — Customs officials at Kennedy International Airport say they discovered shrink-wrapped cylinders filled with two pounds of heroin in the underwear of a Colombian man arriving in the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers reported Tuesday that the drug was found in the passenger's groin area when he was searched in a private room.

This April 1, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows cylinders of heroin weighing approximately two pounds. (AP Image)
This April 1, 2015 photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows cylinders of heroin weighing approximately two pounds. (AP Image)

The suspect, Ivan Vidal Forero, faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. He was arrested last week after he got off a flight from Bogota and was handed over to Homeland Security investigators.

The two cylinders contained a powdery substance that tested positive for heroin, with an estimated street value of more than $61,000.

The case is to be prosecuted in Brooklyn federal court.

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