Man Charged After Newark Airport Officials Find Cocaine Sewn Into His Vest

A resident of the Dominican Republic is scheduled to appear in federal court today for allegedly trying to smuggle into the United States approximately three kilograms of cocaine, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.

Officials say Jose Manuel Jimenez, 46, is charged by complaint with one count of illegal importation of more than 500 grams of cocaine. He was arrested Feb. 22nd and is scheduled to appear this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael A. Hammer in Newark federal court.

According to documents filed in this case and statements made in court; Jimenez arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport on a flight from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. During a screening, law enforcement officers discovered the cocaine sewn into the vest Jimenez was wearing.

The count with which Jimenez is charged carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a potential maximum penalty of 40 years in prison, and a $5 million fine.

The charges and allegations contained in the complaint are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.