Florida man accused of disguising 4.3 kilos of cocaine as candy, smuggling it into airport



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Johnathan Edward Cromartie had just gotten off a flight from Montego Bay, Jamaica, when U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents became suspicious and sent him on to a more in-depth examination, a federal criminal complaint said.

An X-ray of Cromartie's bag uncovered a large bag inside his luggage containing dried fish and six bags of what appeared to be hard candy, investigators said.

 Cromartie told agents he had been asked by a co-worker to go to Montego Bay during a trip to Jamaica and pick up the fish and candy for him.

"According to Cromartie, (the co-worker) said he could not purchase those items in the United States," the complaint said.

When agents probed the hard candy, they found a "white powdery like substance" which tested positive for cocaine, court documents said.

Cromartie was arrested at the airport Wednesday and charged with importing controlled substances into the U.S.


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