U. S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECT
JFK customs officers discovered five pounds of heroin in Julio Rivera-Hernandez’ Super Horchata powdered milk packaging after he arrived from El Salvador on Friday.
A powdered milk drink called Super Horchata that was carried by a traveler at Kennedy Airport was more like super heroin.
Julio Rivera-Hernandez, 49, was selected for inspection after arriving on an Avianca Airlines flight from El Salvador on Friday and “became increasingly nervous” when questioned by Customs and Border Protection officers at JFK, according to court papers.
Rivera-Hernandez “winced and looked away” when the officers showed Rivera a box of Super Horchata almond milk mix in his baggage.
He had good reason to wince — the officers allegedly found 32 packets of heroin inside the box containing the drink mix.
There was about five pounds of dope with a street value of $140,000.
Rivera is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Rivera, a native of El Salvador, was charged with narcotics smuggling.
“Heroin is a dangerous narcotic and (Customs) does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets,” said the director of New York field operations, Robert Perez.