A Man was held at the JFK Airport as Drugs continue to pass through CJIA.
A forty six year old resident of North Ruimveldt here in Georgetown has been in Federal custody for one week in New York following the discovery of about ten pounds of cocaine sewn into his suitcase. The man Joel Gilkes passed through the Cheddi Jagan International Airport on September 16 but was busted upon arrival at the JFK airport.
US Customs and Border Patrol Agents discovered the drugs after the man presented a checked suitcase and a carry-on bag for examination when he stepped off the Caribbean Airlines flight BW 526. During the examination according to court records seen by this newscast, the CBP agents noticed an unusual odor and observed that the bottom of the suitcase was abnormally thick.
The man was then escorted to a private room where he was searched. The bottom of the suitcase was probed, revealing the substance that field tested as cocaine.
Gilkes was remanded to the Brooklyn Metro detention center while investigations continue on the source of the cocaine and who was likely to be the recipient.
A few days ago one of the Directors of the new airline Fly Jamaica Roxanne Reece questioned the security at the CJIA airport particularly with the regard to drugs passing through.
The CEO of the Airport claimed that he was not pleased that Fly Jamaica had raised the issue of drugs.