From the Queens Chronicle:
For the second time in less than a week, federal law enforcement authorities at Kennedy International Airport have thwarted large-scale drug-trafficking efforts with the help of man’s best friend.
According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman, Bernardo Gonzalez Garcia was arrested on Aug. 7 after a CBP canine alerted agents to his checked luggage, which upon inspection revealed cocaine and heroin concealed in cooking pots and sneakers.
Gonzalez Garcia, a Dominican national who arrived on a flight from Santo Domingo, allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly 30 pounds of product into the country carrying a street value of more than $1.4 million. CBP officials said he faces a “significant” prison sentence if convicted. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation is ongoing.
The bust came five days after another CBP canine helped agents at JFK discover more than three pounds of heroin with an estimated street value of $56,000 hidden in a cargo shipment of clothing samples which had arrived from India. The package was destined for Detroit.