Bermudian held in Miami on cocaine charges
A 40-year-old Bermudian man has been arrested in Miami for an alleged attempt to smuggle 295 grams of cocaine to Bermuda stuffed down his pants.
The Southern Florida District Court said Micah Jimenez, 40, was stopped in Miami International Airport on his way to Bermuda from the Dominican Republic. Mr Jimenez is alleged to have told authorities he had agreed to transport the package because “an unknown individual had threatened his daughter's safety”.
Court documents said that Mr Jimenez, who was travelling alone, arrived in Miami on an American Airlines flight from Santo Domingo on September 8.
Mr Jimenez was on his way to his connecting flight to Bermuda after he was cleared through US Customs.
But he was searched at a Transportation Security Administration checkpoint and officers found a plastic package of white powder hidden inside his pants.
The substance, estimated to weigh 0.295kg, was tested and found to be cocaine.
Mr Jimenez, who appeared in court last Thursday, was said to have denied knowledge of the package's contents.
The case was adjourned until next Monday.
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