Confiscated Cookies Were Worth $50,000

NEWARK, N.J. (June 20, 2014) Authorities at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey confiscated a batch of cookies with a street value of more than $50,000.

They were worth that much because 118 pellets of cocaine had been baked inside of them, U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.

Customs officers made the discovery June 5 during an examination of luggage from passengers arriving at the New Jersey airport on a flight from Guatemala City, an agency spokesman said.

Customs officials say Guatemalan citizen Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez was arrested after officers discovered the cookies in his three checked bags.

He was handed over to the police department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and faces state charges of narcotics smuggling.


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