Last updated: 12:53 PM ET, Mon April 27 2015

Police Seize Pot and Crack Cocaine at LaGuardia Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 27, 2015

Police Seize Pot and Crack Cocaine at LaGuardia Airport

Traveling through the airport can be a terrible experience at times, but it was even worse for a New York man who was busted with drugs as he was waiting for his flight on Saturday.

According to, 55-year-old Bronx resident Kelvin Smith was arrested Saturday at LaGuardia Airport in New York City after screeners found one of his checked bags was leaking and smelled of marijuana at around 11 a.m. ET.

Upon calling the police, the authorities arrived and searched the bag. Upon opening the luggage, officials found a large quantity of marijuana and identified the bag’s owner. Smith was waiting at the terminal for his U.S. Airways flight when police found him and immediately placed him under arrest.

After taking Smith into custody, police officers found a second bag from Smith and discovered even more marijuana and 2.8 ounces of crack cocaine. In total, the two pieces of luggage contained 18 pounds of marijuana, according to the report.

Police officials confirmed to that Smith would be charged with “first-degree criminal possession of marijuana and second-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.”

Drug-related offenses are nothing new to Smith, though, who had 41 prior drug convictions in his life before his arrest Saturday, according to the report. It was unclear whether Smith had an attorney yet.

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