POLITICS

Canadian woman arrested at JFK with guns, drugs in checked baggage

09/22/2014 02:17 EDT | Updated 11/22/2014 05:59 EST
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Police say a 24-year-old Canadian woman has been arrested at Kennedy Airport with handguns, ammunition and 15 kilograms of marijuana in her checked baggage.

Joseph Pentangelo is the spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police. He says the Scarborough, Ont., woman was arrested at about 9:30 a.m. Sunday in Terminal 5.

He says Nyesha McPherson had two .40-calibre handguns, 350 rounds of ammunition and four magazines in addition to the drugs, all concealed in boxes, tubs and household products.

Pentangelo says she had been ticketed to fly to Barbados.

A Transportation Security Administration spokeswoman says agents discovered McPherson's suitcases filled with cans and boxes for commercial products that instead contained drugs and ammunition.

Pentangelo says McPherson was arrested without incident. She is in custody and unavailable for comment. It wasn't clear who is representing her.