Airline passenger admits smuggling six pounds of cocaine in his neck pillow and being paid $10,000 to bring it to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic
A passenger was caught hiding in a neck pillow trying to smuggle 6 pounds kilograms of cocaine through Newark Airport, New Jersey. The man from the Dominican Republic was caught at the airport while trying to leave the terminal by customs officials. The 21-year-old Rafael Francesco Bautista pedomo was one of the two arrested at the airport as Customs and Border Protection officers found that they had sewn 6 lbs into their respective pillows Prosecutors say Perdomo, represented by the federal Office of Public defense lawyers, pleaded guilty before the United States. S. Judge Stanley R. A drug conspiracy. He now faces a maximum of 40 years in prison and a mandatory sentence of at least 5 years. Pedolo and his colleagues On last October, the defendant Brenda manselbo was stopped at the baggage checkpoint after arriving on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The court file said that manceboo also initially told federal agents that she did not know Perdomo, but that the photos found by investigators on her mobile phone apparently masked the claim. Law enforcement officers conducted a legal search of mansebo\'s mobile phone, and law enforcement officers found multiple photos taken by Perdomo himself on the mobile phone, A special worker in charge of the Homeland Security Investigation said in court documents. According to compliance sources, the couple also kept a photo a few days before the arrest. Perdomo has been detained since his arrest after he admitted to investigators that after receiving $10,000 in compensation, he agreed to smuggle drugs into the country. Mancebo acknowledged the same charges and now both she and Perdomo will be sentenced on December.