News

Officials confiscate $50K worth of ‘cocaine cookies’

Officials confiscate $50K worth of ‘cocaine cookies’

COCAINE COOKIES:In an undated photo provided by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a batch of cookies confiscated at Newark Liberty International Airport is shown. Officials at the airport conficasted the cookies with a street value of more than $50,000. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that's because the cookies had 118 pellets of cocaine baked into them. A spokesman for the agency said that 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. Photo: Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Officials at Newark Liberty International Airport have confiscated a batch of cookies with a street value of more than $50,000.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says that’s because the cookies had 118 pellets of cocaine baked into them.

A spokesman for the agency said Thursday that 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.

Customs officials say Guatemalan citizen Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez was arrested after officers allegedly 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.

It is not immediately known if he has retained an attorney.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Man Found Dead in 23rd Street Home

Fresh
23rd_street_murder

A family member found him inside with a gunshot wound to the head, no gun was found on the scene.

in Local

Hundreds Rally for Expanded Access to Medical Marijuana

marijuana_rally

Medical marijuana advocates are calling on Gov. Bruce Rauner expand access to the program.

in Local

Bill Supporting “Interstate Crowdfunding” Signed

state_capitol_1

It's not your father's investment, and it's not Kickstarter.

in Local

Man Pleads Not Guilty in Fatal DUI

sangamon_county_building_3

A Springfield man allegedly driving drunk when he crashed his car into a tree downtown, killing two passengers, has pleaded not guilty.

in Local

Springfield-Area Historic Site Visits Mostly Down

old_state_capitol_3

Most of the historic sites in the Springfield area have seen a decline in attendance despite last year's increase in tourism statewide.