Investigators found the suspect on a connecting flight from London's Heathrow Airport to New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. Authorities said two bags were sniffed by drug dogs during the flight, and authorities believe the bags contained large amounts of drugs on the departing and departing flights, known as "source cities" where drug trafficking and use are commonplace. Each bag was also described as "heavy" because it weighed more than 50 pounds, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration statement.
This led authorities to believe that the drug detection dog alert was drugs, not drug money because money does not weigh as much as drugs.
Authorities found the name Tomisha Hamm, who was responsible for the bag in Los Angeles, in her luggage. Officers found Hamm, who then gave them permission to search her bag, which they then received.
Officers opened the bag and found a vacuum-sealed part, a bag of marijuana with a black plastic bag inside. The vacuum-packed package was opened and a layer of black vacuum packaging was exposed.
The layer was removed from the stack, which contained ten individual plastic bags containing a green substance identified as marijuana. Hamm tried to explain to authorities that the bag was not hers and she had not checked in from Los Angeles, but officers found a note in her purse when she picked it up from Los Angeles.
A total of 85 kilos of marijuana were seized, Hamm arrested and taken to the police station so officers could properly weigh the drugs and write a warrant. The amount of packaging was distributed by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) of the BNA and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office.