A charming-looking basket of cookies was seized at Newark Liberty International Airport after customs officials discovered that its chocolate treats contained cocaine, lots of it, CBS New York reported on Thursday.
On June 5, Customs and Border Protection officers checked Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez’s luggage and discovered he had packed the cocaine into the cookies, authorities said.
The treats contained 118 oval-shaped pellets of blow, which weighed more than three pounds and had a street value of approximately $52,000.
Rivera Hernandez, from Guatemala, faces narcotic smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Newark, Gothamist reported.
“CBP officers remain ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the concealment methods employed by these would-be smugglers,” Robert Perez, director of CBP’s New York Field Operations, told CBS.
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