Local police are expected to be assisting officers from the United States as they try to determine how US$150,000 worth of cocaine appeared in a university student’s suitcase.
A report which appeared on the New York Post on Friday stated a student had arrived at her Manhattan apartment in New York after a trip to this country and when she opened her suitcase, she was shocked to discover ten pounds (4.5 kilogrammes) of cocaine placed among her personal items.
According to the report in the New York Post, the woman, who claims to have no idea how the drugs ended up in her luggage, called police immediately after making the discovery.
“She said she had no idea how it got there,” a police source told the New York Post.
Authorities think there is a strong possibility this was a botched drug-smuggling attempt, during which the drugs were planted in the wrong bag.
“If her story is true, that’s the most likely scenario.... There’s no question about it,” the source said.
It is also a possibility the drugs were planted in the student’s bag at random, in the hope the person looking for the luggage would find it before the student and make off with the drugs.
“Smugglers play the odds,” a New York Port Authority source stated. “It has been done before to travellers, especially in countries where there’s heavy narco-trafficking.”
While no charges have been filed and no arrests have been made at this time, the police have not ruled out the possibility the girl was actively involved in the plot at some point in time.
“Maybe she was involved and got cold feet and wanted to get ahead of the story by calling police,” a law enforcement source said.
When the Sunday Express contacted sources at the Organised Crime, Narcotics and Firearms Bureau yesterday, police said they
were aware of the incident and
were expected to work in collaboration with international officials.
However, it could not be confirmed last night if an investigator had been appointed or where enquiries had reached.