US Customs and Border Protection agents seized 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes instead of sugar in Cincinnati, Ohio, the agency said in a news release titled “That’s Not Frosted Flakes.”
While working on incoming freight from Peru, a CPD narcotic detector dog named Bico flagged the cereal shipment going to a private residence in Hong Kong. Upon further inspection, officers found and tested white powder on the cereal that was positive for cocaine.
“The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said.
It was sniffed out by CBP Narcotic Detector Dog “Bico.” When officers opened the package they noticed that it had a white powder and the flakes were coated with a grayish substance. Officers tested the product and discovered it was cocaine. Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said smugglers will “hide narcotics in anything imaginable.”
On a typical day in fiscal year 2020, CBP said it seized 3,677 pounds of drugs at ports of entry across the nation.
Drug traffickers have long used creative methods to try to ship cocaine.
In July, for example, police in Italy discovered cocaine stuffed inside individually hollowed-out coffee beans, after opening a parcel addressed to a fictional Mafia boss from a Hollywood movie.
This isn’t the first time in recent history that food has been used to smuggle drugs. Last month, after an almost two-year investigation, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police determined that shipments of bananas stuffed with cocaine ended up at grocery stores in British Columbia. If the shipments weren’t accidentally delivered to the wrong parties, they would have introduced 800,000 doses of cocaine into the drug market, Insider reported.