Man nabbed with 18 pounds of pot at LaGuardia Airport

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Monday, April 27, 2015
Man was arrested smuggling 18 pounds of marijuana in his checked bags at Laguardia Airport

QUEENS, N Y (WABC) -- Authorities say a man trying to board a flight at LaGuardia Airport was arrested after 18 pounds of marijuana was discovered in his checked baggage.

The Port Authority says 55-year-old Kelvin Smith, of the Bronx, was arrested Saturday on charges of criminal possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Airport screeners were called because a checked bag was leaking liquid. Upon examining the bag, Port Authority Police determined there was an odor of marijuana coming from it.

Police investigated and determined that Smith had checked the bag which contained marijuana.

They located Smith, and he was placed under arrest at a US Airways gate.

The police determined the suspect had checked an additional bag, which also had a distinct smell of marijuana about it.

PA police searched the bag and also found 2.8 ounces of crack cocaine inside.

Court records indicate the suspect has 41 convictions for drug offenses.