NEWARK, New Jersey — It certainly wouldn’t have helped anyone sleep.
Two airline passengers were busted flying into Newark International Airport carrying 13 pounds of cocaine sewn into the neck pillows they had brought with them, federal authorities said.
Rafael Francisco Bautista Perdomo and Brenda Alyssa Mancebo, both 20, were stopped on Wednesday after landing on a flight from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic
A routine baggage screening revealed that the neck pillows they had brought as carry-on were stuffed with about 6.5 pounds of cocaine each.
Perdomo admitted he had been $10,000 to take the drugs into the United States. He initially told federal agents that he didn’t know Mancebo, but a search of her phone turned up a number of “selfies” taken by Perdomo and photos of them together.
There were also WhatsApp messages between them the day before the flight in which Perdomo allegedly wrote, “If you are afraid, don’t do it,” and “leave it alone, get rid of it.”
Both were charged with one count of conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute five kilograms or more of cocaine and face at least 10 years in prison. They were both held without bail.