Passenger caught with cocaine in picture frames, officials at Newark airport say

Authorities show where they say they found cocaine inside picture frames at Newark Liberty International Airport

Frames contained more than just pictures, according to U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Newark Liberty International Airport. They say a passenger tried to smuggle cocaine hidden within the frames.

On March 21, Job Israel DeJesus Ortega, a Peruvian Citizen, arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Lima, Peru and presented two checked-in suitcases and a book bag for inspection.

CBP officers conducted a physical search of his baggage, and discovered three picture frames and two paper packages. Further inspection revealed a white powdery substance that turned out to be one pound of cocaine with an approximate street value of $30,000.

Port Authority Police Department took custody of DeJesus Ortega, who faces state prosecution for narcotics smuggling charges.
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