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Two More Men Busted at JFK Airport With Hundreds of Thousands in Cocaine Taped to Their Legs: Officials

Last month, customs agents nabbed two men within weeks of each other after suspiciously snug pants prompted searches of the travelers

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    Four men have been busted in less than two months trying to smuggle cocaine into New York by strapping it to their legs. (Published Wednesday, April 26, 2017)

    Bulky pants are out at JFK Airport this fashion season — particularly if there's a huge stash of cocaine taped to the legs inside them.

    Customs and Border Protection arrested two men at JFK on April 19 after agents found drug-laden packages taped to their legs following a flight from the Dominican Republic, the agency said Wednesday. 

    The first, a U.S. citizen named Ariel Garcia, allegedly had about 11 pounds of cocaine in the packages, with a street value of about $180,000.

    Meanwhile, a second man, a citizen of the Dominican Republic named Elvin Montilla-Sosa, was also taken aside for inspection; he allegedly had 12 pounds of cocaine taped to his legs and back. That stash had a street value of about $200,000, authorities say.

    'Snug Pants' Lead to Huge Cocaine Bust at JFK, Officials Say

    [NATL-NY] 'Snug Pants' Lead to Huge Cocaine Bust at JFK, Officials Say

    A man returning to New York from the Dominican Republic was arrested after customs authorities found about 10 pounds of cocaine in his pants, officials say.

    (Published Friday, March 10, 2017)

    Both men now face federal drug smuggling charges. Attorney information was not immediately available. 

    Last month, customs agents nabbed two men within weeks of each other after suspiciously snug pants prompted searches of the travelers. In those cases, about 15 pounds of cocaine with a street value around $250,000 were recovered.