Cookies Loaded with $52,000 Worth of Cocaine Seized at Newark Airport

Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez, from Guatemala, was taken aside by U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Newark Liberty International Airport earlier this month after raising suspicion with his three checked bags containing cookies. Upon inspection, the baked goods in question were not just cookies, but also vessels for three pounds of cocaine.

U.S. Customs representative Anthony Bucci told the New Jersey Star-Ledger:

Officers discovered cookies in his three checked bags. Inside the cookies, officers found 118 small, oval-shaped pellets of cocaine. The pellets contained a total of 3 pounds of cocaine with an an approximate street value of $52,000, according to Bucci.

CBS New York reports that Rivera Hernandez was turned over to Port Authority police and is facing narcotics smuggling charges. No one appears to have tasted the non-cocaine parts of the cookies.

[Image via New Jersey Star-Ledger]