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Latino Daily News

Wednesday April 25, 2012

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Guatemalan Tries to Smuggle Cocaine Chocolate Bars into Country

EXTREME TRAFFICKING:  Guatemalan Tries to Smuggle Cocaine Chocolate Bars into Country

Photo: Cocaine Chocolate Seized at Dulles

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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized more than four pounds of cocaine hidden inside chocolate bars and drink boxes in a Guatemalan woman’s luggage shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday.

Officers identified the woman as a legitimate courier. She was not charged criminally, but CBP officers removed her from the United States and she faces a five-year ban from returning to the United States.

The woman arrived on a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador, and presented herself as a traveler for business. A CBP officer referred her to a secondary inspection for a baggage exam. In her baggage, CBP officers discovered eight chocolate bars, six of which contained a cocaine center, and six small drink boxes that contained plastic bags filled with cocaine. Total weight of the cocaine was 1,877 grams, or four pounds, two ounces.

The street value was approximately $130,000.