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$70,000 in Heroin Seized From Man's Underwear at JFK

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    Authorities searching a man passing through John F. Kennedy International Airport found nearly two pounds of heroin -- worth more than $70,000 on the street -- in his underwear. 

    Officials say Bernard Charles, a Trinidad and Tobago citizen, arrived at JFK from Port of Spain, Trinidad April 1 and appeared extremely nervous as customs officials were going through his suitcase, as is routine. 

    Authorities took Charles to a private search room. During the search, agents found two clear packages in his underwear. The packages contained a brown paste-like substance that tested positive for heroin. 

    Charles was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations. He faces federal narcotics smuggling charges. 

    It wasn't clear if he had an attorney.