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A Guyanese man was caught attempting to smuggle cocaine through Kennedy Airport in fruit cans. His defense was he allegedly thought he was smuggling diamonds instead of the drug.
A Guyanese national nabbed smuggling cocaine inside cans of diced fruit came up with story that’s nuttier than a fruitcake.
Colin McKenzie allegedly told the feds that he thought he was smuggling diamonds.
McKenzie, 48, and his two suitcases were selected for inspection Friday by Customs and Border Protection officers after he stepped off a Caribbean Airlines flight at Kennedy Airport.
Inside the suitcases were three large tin cans that McKenzie claimed contained diced fruit.
But the cans “felt unusually heavy and did not feel as though it contained liquid or syrupy material,” U.S. Department of Homeland Security special agent Edward Gonzalez said in aBrooklyn Federal Court complaint.
The cans were X-rayed and showed they contained material of a uniform, not liquidy, composition, according to the complaint.
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Colin McKenzie alleged that someone in Guyana gave him the suitcases with the cans of cocaine in them, and offered to pay him thousands of dollars to deliver them to a man in the U.S.
The material tested positive for cocaine and the gross weight of white powder was 10 kilograms.
McKenzie may not have helped his cause by admitting that he thought the cans contained diamonds, not dope.
He allegedly said that someone in Guyana gave him the suitcases and offered to pay him between $5,000 and $6,000 if he delivered them to an identified person in the U.S., the complaint states.
McKenzie was held without bail. His lawyer did not return a call for comment.