Caramelized Sugar Cane Sweets from Honduras Contained Cocaine

Caramelized Sugar Cane Sweets from Honduras Contained Cocaine

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protections officers at Washington Dulles International Airport in Sterling, Virginia, conducted a routine examination of packages belonging to Honduran woman arriving from El Salvador.

When officers uncovered a brown, cellophane-wrapped package, the woman advised that she was carrying caramelized sugar cane sweets from Honduras. However, a probe of the sweets led to the discovery of white powdery substance that later tested positive for cocaine. Further inspection revealed that all eight sweets contained cocaine in their centers.

This find weighed in at 1 pound, 10 ounces with an estimated street value of over $80,000.

The woman was interviewed and determined to be a courier. She was returned abroad and barred from re-entering the U.S. for at least five years.

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