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Customs Inspectors Find 27 Pounds Of Coke Hidden In Wheelchair At JFK

A woman riding a wheelchair stuffed with six bricks of cocaine was busted by federal agents at JFK airport earlier this week, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Yoncela Stanley, 33, was caught with the drugs while going through customs Sunday upon returning from St. Lucia, officials said. After noticing that the seat of her wheelchair "appeared unusual," the officers opened the cushion to find approximately 27 pounds of cocaine, allegedly valued at $468,000.

Stanley was charged with federal narcotics smuggling following a brief arraignment in Brooklyn Federal Court, the Daily News reports. She was ordered held on $50,000 bail.

“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Leon Hayward, Acting Director, Field Operations New York.

The woman's blow-chair arrest is the first of its kind, though she joins the slightly-less-innovative company of four separate smugglers caught with cocaine taped to their legs in this year alone.

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