Two Pittsburgh women charged with attempting to smuggle over 28 pounds of cocaine into the U.S.

By Steve Pope | September 25, 2018

Federal prosecutors in the Virgin Islands have accused two Pittsburgh women with attempting to smuggle a sizeable amount of cocaine into the U.S.

Ngoc Nguyen, 21, and Fendi Brooks, 25, were arrested Tuesday by federal agents at the Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, as they attempted to board a flight to Atlanta, Georgia.

Both women were charged with conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 13 kilograms of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Authorities allege in an affidavit that the two women were stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers as they were proceeding through customs, after hearing them declare that they had 18 bottles of alcohol in their luggage.

Officers saw several “unknown masses” in a suitcase as it was passing through an x-ray machine and decided to examine the contents by opening up the luggage, the complaint said.

Authorities discovered 13 packages of a white powdery substance that field-tested for cocaine and that weighed over 28 pounds. Both women claimed ownership of the bag, the complaint said.

Both women are in jail pending a future court date and face not less than ten years and not more than life in prison and a fine of $10,000,000.00 on each count, if convicted.

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