Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Two black women have been arrested at John F Kennedy International Airport after they tried to smuggle two kilograms of cocaine into the country in their wigs and hair weaves
Officials say that the black women had the drugs resting on their scalps in form-fitting plastic packages. The packages were covered by beehive wigs and hair weaves to conceal the drugs that the pair were trying to sneak into New York from the Caribbean nation of Guyana in South America. The pair were caught when they began acting nervously as they got close to the US Customs checkpoint at JFK. Kinda Howell and Makeeba Graham were both arrested on federal drug smuggling charges. The pair arrived on Caribbean Airlines Flight 526 from Georgetown, Guyana. When officers patted the women down, they noticed strange bulges on their heads. They asked Howell to remove her weave, but she said that she couldn't because she had a package that was sewn into it. She then confessed that her boyfriend told her to bring that package under her hair weave to the United States for him. She said that she was paid $7,500 for the job. Graham, a 33-year-old resident of Harlem, New York, also claimed that she couldn't take off her hair piece, claiming it was sewn into her natural hair. The two were taken to JFK's medical clinic, where nurses removed the hair pieces, revealing the drugs inside. Howell had 996 grams of cocaine on her head. Makeeba Graham was found with 1,046 grams. Together, the packages weighed more than four and a half pounds.