By Andreas Preuss

NEW YORK (CNN) – A crew member of Fly Jamaica Airways has been arrested for attempting to smuggle cocaine into the United States, according to a statement by the US Customs and Border Protection.

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The drugs were discovered after the man was escorted into a private search room at JFK International Airport in New York on March 17, the statement said. His flight had arrived from Montego Bay, Jamaica.

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Federal agents said they discovered four packages taped to his legs. Nine pounds of cocaine was seized, with a reported street value of $160,000.

Photos released by the CBP show the suspect, in his airline uniform, with pants pulled down and white tape around his thighs and ankle.

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The suspect has been charged with federal narcotics smuggling and will be prosecuted by the US Attorney’s Office.

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