Strolling through airport security with what might have appeared to be normal accessories for a Jamaican vacation - a few pairs of strappy wedge sandals - a Camden woman didn't seem so normal to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Philadelphia International Airport.
After pulling aside Iveliza Tuhanna Perez, 25, for a check of her baggage Thursday afternoon, customs officials said, they found more than four pounds of cocaine stuffed inside the wedge parts of three pairs of shoes.
"Officer[s] are trained to detect . . . nonverbal communication," Customs spokesman Stephen Sapp said.
Perez, who records show lives in a North Camden public housing high-rise, was arrested and charged with possession with intent to distribute. She was stopped while returning from Montego Bay.