Flour, sugar, and cocaine? A passenger apprehended at John F. Kennedy International Airport by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered the unexpected ingredient hidden in a shipment of several cakes earlier this month—a total of $33,000 worth of the drug.
While performing an x-ray examination of luggage belonging to Jesus Martinez Ramirez, a citizen of Mexico, who had arrived on a flight from Mexico City, Mexico, CBP agriculture specialists noticed a package was concealed within the cake. CBP officers then escorted Ramirez to a private search room where CBP officers probed the concealed package to find a white powder that tested positive for cocaine, according to a press release.
In total, CBP discovered five cakes that contained approximately 2 lbs. of cocaine.
“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our CBP officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Robert E. Perez, Director, Field Operations New York.
Ramirez was then placed under arrest by CBP officers, now facing state narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the Queens County District Court.