UPDATE: CBP Spokesman Robert Hunt said the woman was a paid courier, that she was interviewed at length by officers from Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and that investigators “couldn’t establish culpability. That basically, they believed her” when she said she didn’t know drugs were inside the candy and juice boxes, and that the investigators had heard and checked out many such claims over the years. He said the case was offered to local authorities, who also declined to prosecute. He said the woman was banned from the U.S. for five years, and the possibility of investigating her source still existed.
ORIGINAL POST: In the perpetual Annals of Drug Smugglers’ Ingenuity, we can now add cocaine hidden inside chocolate bars and juice boxes. Customs and Border Protection found the sugary narcotic surprises inside a Guatemalan woman’s luggage Sunday night at Dulles International Airport.
After she arrived on a late flight from San Salvador, CBP officers checked the woman’s bag and found “eight chocolate bars, six of which contained a cocaine center” (the other two didn’t even have boring old nougat, just cheap solid chocolate) and six small drink boxes that contained plastic bags filled with cocaine,” according to a press release. As if cheap chocolate and juice boxes hadn’t already tragically addicted generations of American kids.
Not sure who had the idea to cut open a chocolate bar looking for drugs, but CBP Port Director Christopher Hess said in the release that officers are “very good at finding illicit substances concealed in novel ways.” Or they were hungry. Either way, the woman somehow convinced the officers that she was “a legitimate courier,” and she was not charged, though she was put on the next plane back to Central America.
The total amount of coke in the chocolate and juice boxes was four pounds, two ounces, with a street value of $130,000, CBP said. The street value of the chocolate probably did not reach double digits.