Priscilla Pena and Michelle Blassingale, of The Bronx, arrived at JFK Airport on a JetBlue flight from the Dominican Republic on Saturday.
Pena was selected for inspection by customs agents because a drug-sniffing dog alerted agents to something around Pena’s midsection. Agents searched Pena’s luggage and said she appeared very nervous during the search.
An agent then requested a pat-down and Pena agreed. That is when the agent found a hard object around Pena’s stomach and buttocks. A partial strip search revealed a duct tape girdle, resembling a diaper and a silver plastic wrapper. It contained cocaine, agents said.
Pena was placed under arrest. Pena then told agents she was travelling with Blassingale, who was also searched and was found to also have cocaine in her duct tape diaper. In total, both women were found with nearly seven kilos of cocaine. Blassingale is in custody in Brooklyn and Pena was released on $150,000 bond.