A Jamaican man was arrested on Monday after he attempted to smuggle 5 pounds of cocaine through security clearance at the John F Kennedy International Airport, in New York while being dressed as a Delta Airlines pilot.

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.