Two Bermudian men are being held in a U.S. prison in connection with a multi-million-dollar trafficking operation.

Rudolph Travers Clarke and Kyle John were arrested when they arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

They were on their way back to Bermuda via New York from St. Maarten on board an American Airways flight.

U.S. court papers state that Customs officers at JFK stopped Mr. John and searched his bags.

They found a false bottom in the suitcase and then discovered a brown substance — tests revealed it to be heroin — when they opened it up. It weighed 1,134g, which has a street value of more than $2 million.

According to court documents, Mr. John admitted he was carrying illegal drugs but did not know the specific type.

He said that another man had given him the bag and he agreed to carry it for him, in exchange for $10,000 once the trip had been completed. When Mr. Clarke was arrested he had $1,517 on him plus Mr. John’s business card.

Detectives also reportedly found cellphone evidence, which suggested the two men had been in communication with each other.

Mr. Clarke and Mr. John were stopped at JFK Airport on January 23, at 5pm. They both had identical black Olympia roller bags.

Flight records showed that both men had completed a similar journey at the end of 2010.

They had travelled from St. Maarten to New York on December 13, 2010 and then from New York to Bermuda on December 14, 2010.

Mr. Clarke, 40, and Mr. John, 51, have already appeared before the United States Eastern District Court of New York.

They have been charged with importing heroin and conspiracy to import heroin and are currently being held at a federal facility in New York.