NEW YORK (WPIX) - A shipment of clothing samples that arrived at JFK International Airport in Queens was apparently packing more than just the latest fashions.
Turns out, the garments were stuffed with over three pounds of heroin estimated to be worth a street value of almost $56,000, according to authorities.
Federal officials say the clothes arrived Tuesday from Ghaziabad, India and were enroute to Detroit, Michigan.
In addition, wooden hangers found in the box were examined and a white powdery substance reportedly tested positive for heroin, officials said.
It is unclear who sent the package. An investigation into the incident is underway.
This is the second time in recent weeks that someone tried to smuggle drugs into New York City.
On July 15, Charles Kwasi Kankam, a traveler from Ghana who was heading to Piscataway, New Jersey, was nabbed by authorities at JFK for allegedly stuffing 22 pounds of heroin in his suitcases. A search dog apparently found the powerful drugs during a routine inspection of bags.
In that instance, federal authorities reportedly found $70,000 worth of heroin in two of Kankam's suitcases. Kankam confessed to smuggling the drugs and was arrested by police.
By STEPHANIE BARISH wpix.com
2:00 PM EDT, August 5, 2010
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Officials Seize $56,000 In Heroin At JFK Airport