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Gooey chocolate goodness on the outside, powdered cocaine madness on the inside; alleged smuggler caught

Officers at Dulles Airport checking luggage on an incoming flight from San Salvador found a woman with cocaine stashed inside chocolate bars and juice boxes. As if chocolate weren't addictive enough. (Customs and Border Protection)

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.

In addition to chocolate bars, cocaine was also found inside juice boxes in a woman's luggage at Dulles International Airport. It's not that kind of coke, kids. (Customs and Border Protection/CBP)

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.


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