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Cocaine in sugar cane sweets
The cocaine was found in caramelized sugar cane sweets. (US CBP image)

News Americas, STERLING, VA, Mon. Aug. 11, 2014: Over one and a half pounds of cocaine in caramelized sugar cane sweets were recently found on a Honduran woman trying to enter the U.S. through Dulles International Airport.

The woman, who requested entry as a courier on business, arrived on a flight from El Salvador.  As a courier, she was referred for a routine secondary examination to have her packages inspected.

Among other things she was carrying, Customs & Border Patrol officers discovered a brown cone shaped package wrapped in cellophane.  The woman stated they were caramelized sugar cane sweets originating in Honduras.

A CBP officer probed one of the sweets with a knife and discovered a white, powdery substance on the blade that field-tested positive for cocaine.  CBP officers inspected the rest of the sweets and were able to extract the cocaine from all eight pieces. The total weight of the cocaine was slightly less than 1 pound, 10 ounces and could have had a street value of more than $80,000.

During fiscal year 2013, which spans Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, CBP officers at Washington Dulles International Airport intercepted a little more than 12 pounds of cocaine in four seizures.

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