LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A Honduran woman flying into Dulles International Airport from El Salvador was carrying eight sugar cane desserts with more than $80,000 worth of cocaine inside them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reports.
The woman, who requested entry as a courier on business, was referred for a routine secondary examination to have her packages inspected. Among other things she was carrying, Border Protection officers discovered a brown, cone-shaped package wrapped in cellophane. The woman said they were caramelized sugar cane sweets originating in Honduras.
An officer probed one of the sweets with a knife and discovered a white, powdery substance on the blade that field-tested positive for cocaine. Officers then inspected the rest of the sweets and found the drug inside all eight pieces. The total weight of the cocaine was slightly less than 1 pound, 10 ounces.
After completion of the woman’s processing, she was returned abroad the same day. She is barred from returning to the U.S. for a minimum of five years.
“Customs and Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport have proven to be exceptionally skilled at discovering unique concealment methods, and this seizure is illustrative of that skill,” says Wayne Biondi, CBP Port Director for the Port of Washington. “CBP officers remain ever vigilant at intercepting illicit narcotics before it can hurt our families and communities.”
During fiscal year 2013, which spanned from Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, CBP officers at Dulles intercepted a little more than 12 pounds of cocaine in four seizures.