Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Ozone Park Connection - Queens Chronicle

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An Ozone Park resident allegedly tried to stroll past U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers at Kennedy International Airport with over 12 pounds of heroin sewn into his pants.

Heriberto Hidalgo Pulido was stopped by CBP officers on Jan. 11 for a routine baggage inspection after his arrival on a flight from Ecuador. Pulido’s checked bags contained five pairs of pants with unusually thick pockets and seams. A more intrusive inspection of the pants revealed a brown powdery substance concealed within the seams and pockets of the pants, which field tested positive for heroin.

The narcotics seized during this inspection carried a street value over $500,000, and its investigation is ongoing. If convicted, Pulido may face significant jail time.