A Caribbean Airlines flight attendant pleaded guilty Wednesday to trying to smuggle 6.5 pounds of cocaine he had stuffed inside his spandex underwear. The man, Rohan Myers, arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on September 8 with his crew on Caribbean Airlines Flight 39 from Montego Bay, Jamaica. But U.S. Customs agents noticed Myers, 39, acting suspiciously when they began to search his luggage. According to a report, Myers began to sweat profusely as they looked through his luggage.
Agents then asked Myers into a private room for a body search.
"I have cocaine on me," he said, according to the report from the U.S. Immigration Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations. "I'm supposed to take it to the hotel."
Myers then removed a pair of spandex he had been wearing, and agents saw four "black molded inserts" duct-taped to his thighs and ankles. The packages contained more than six and a half pounds of cocaine.
Myers told authorities a man he met in Jamaica had hired him to smuggle the drugs into the United States, offering him $10,000 to do so. The man, Myers said, met him at the airport in Jamaica and helped him tape the cocaine to his legs.
On Wednesday, Myers pleaded guilty to a drug-smuggling charge in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, and he is facing three years in federal prison and deportation after the sentence is
This now marks the third time in three months someone has been busted trying to smuggle cocaine in their underwear.
On August 12, a Bahamian man was caught trying to bring about two pounds of cocaine into Port Everglades inside his socks.
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The man was spotted acting nervously during an inspection. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the man allegedly began moving items around inside his luggage as they questioned him during the routine inspection. As they inquired further, the agents spotted two bricks of cocaine taped to his ankles. They also discovered two more bricks inside the man's luggage.
Also in August, a Jamaican woman was caught walking through Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport with two pounds of cocaine stuffed in her bra.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection does a screening of all people, vehicles, and goods that enter the United States and is the primary organization within Homeland Security tasked with an antiterrorism mission throughout the nation's ports. According to the CBP website, the agency's mission includes carrying out border-related duties, including narcotics interdiction; enforcing immigration and trade laws; and protecting the nation's food supply and agriculture industry from pests and diseases.
The CBP says that a typical day brings nearly 1 million visitors into the United States. The agency also screens 67,000 cargo containers on average and arrests more than 1,100 individuals and seizes nearly six tons of illicit drugs.