A passenger with dozens of bottles in his luggage aroused suspicion of customs officers who eventually turned up thousands of grams of cocaine hidden in magic markers, deodorant and nail polish at John F. Kennedy Airport, authorities said.
Tomas Sykora, of Port Au Prince, Haiti, faces federal narcotics smuggling charges after his arrest last week. Information on his attorney wasn't available.
Officers seized a total of 16 magic markers, 17 antiperspirant deodorants, 24 nail polish bottles and six bags of buttons, all containing cocaine, from Sykora's luggage, authorities said.
In all, about 16 pounds of cocaine -- or 7,243 grams -- was concealed in the items and seized.
Robert Perez, director of New York Customs and Border Protection, said it was just the lastest ruse by smugglers to try to get past drug screeners.
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