The man has been identified as Mario Hudson.
US Customs and Border Protection said Hudson claimed he was a “dead-heading crewmember” after stepping off a flight from Kingston.
“Dead-heading” is reportedly an airline industry term for someone flying as a passenger on company business to get to another airport for work.
However, during a search of Hudson’s baggage, officers reportedly found five pounds of cocaine with a street value of US$85,000. The officers also found fraudulent Delta Air Lines identification.
Hudson was subsequently and charged.