Fly Jamaica Crewmember Caught with Cocaine at JFK

NEW YORK – A Fly Jamaica airways crewmember, who attempted to smuggle $160,000 worth of cocaine into the United States last month, is facing federal narcotics charges.

smuggleHugh Hall, a Jamaican, was arrested last month after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the JFK International Airport here on Mar. 17 found four packages of the drug taped to his legs under his pants. According to a CBP spokesperson, Hall had approximately nine pounds of cocaine.

“This seizure is another example of our CBP officers being ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of illicit drugs,” said Leon Hayward, acting director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.

It’s reported that Hall, a flight attendant, arrived at the New York airport on a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica “and presented himself for inspection.” The CBP said Hall was escorted to a private search room where the officers discovered the packages, all of which contained a white powder that tested positive for cocaine.

CBP said Hall was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. He will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District Court of New York.