New York — Authorities quickly found out why an arriving passenger at John F. Kennedy International was so nervous: She had four pounds of cocaine hidden in her girdle and underwear.

Authorities said Monday that 70-year-old Olive Fowler seemed nervous when she arrived in New York from Guyana on April 12. Customs and Border Protection officers escorted her to a private room at the airport and found the cocaine while they were searching her.

Officials estimate that the drugs have a street value of more than $73,000.

Fowler is facing federal narcotics smuggling charges. reports that her federal public defender, Peter Kirchheimer, declined to comment.

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