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Kiana Howell, Makeeba Graham Accused Of Smuggling Cocaine In Hair Weaves

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Kiana Howell (L) and Makeeba Graham (R) are accused of attempting to smuggle cocaine from Guyana into the U.S. in their hair. | Dept of Homeland Security

Oh what a tangled web we weave, especially when we attempt to smuggle to cocaine in our hair.

That's the hair-raising accusation that has Kiana Howell and Makeeba Graham tangled up in a criminal case. The two women were arrested early Sunday morning at JFK Airport in New York after their extra-tall hair weaves raised the suspicions of guards.

Howell and Graham had just arrived from the South American country of Guyana and caught the attention of officials when they started wigging out as they approached customs, the New York Post reported.

Officers started sniffing around and, upon closer inspection, discovered more than two pounds of cocaine woven into the two women's hairdos, according to The Smoking Gun.

Officials said Howell and Graham concealed the cocaine in form-fitting plastic bags on their scalps. Howell allegedly had 35.1 ounces of nose candy hidden under her hair weave, while Graham is accused of hiding 36.9 ounces beneath hers, UPI reported.

Howell told officials she did not know the contents of the package, but that her boyfriend in Guyana “told her to bring that package under her hair weave to the United States for him,” the Daily Caller reported.

According to an affidavit obtained by The Smoking Gun, she told officials she was supposed to have been paid $7,500.

Howell and Graham are currently facing drug-smuggling charges in a federal court in Brooklyn. Graham has already been released on $100,000 bond while Howell is in custody until she faces a judge Thursday afternoon.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Guyana was a Caribbean nation. It is a country in South America.

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