Cocaine-laced Santa Claus toys seized in New York — RT World News

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A Queens man has been charged with smuggling drug bricks hidden in Christmas toys into the US

Queens resident Adderley Santos Familia has been released on bail after federal prosecutors say she tried to smuggle nearly 9 kilograms of cocaine into the United States, hidden in a pile of Santa toys. Familia was arrested last month during a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) checkpoint at New York’s JFK airport, the New York Post reported on Saturday.

Familia, who is from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, said he was visiting relatives there. The Santa toys belonged to his children, he insisted, when officers tore them open to find drugs inside.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that additional cocaine was found in Familia’s neck pillow and the lining of the suitcase, with a total value of the seized drugs between $260,000 and $1 million.

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He was charged with importing cocaine and possessing cocaine with intent to distribute, felonies punishable by life in prison and a $10 million fine. However, the day after his arrest, he was released on $100,000 bail.

In November, another alleged smuggler on a flight from the Dominican Republic to JFK tried to hide $450,000 worth of cocaine in the wheels of a wheelchair. His plan was thwarted when Customs and Border Protection officials noticed that the chair’s wheels were not turning properly and decided to X-ray him through the luggage.

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