A Guatemalan citizen was arrested after he tried to smuggle more than 4 pounds of cocaine in several packages of vanilla cookies and chips.
Customs and Border Protection officers arrested German Adalberto Lancerio Bejarano, 50, who was passing through the George Bush Intercontinental Airport last month, after they opened a pack of “Wafer Rich Vanilla Cookies” and found little bags of cocaine worth more than $60,000.
The same drugs also turned up in bags of chips carried by Bejarano, reports the Houston Chronicle.
CBP officers handed the 50-year-old man over to the Houston Police Department on April 24. He is awaiting state prosecution for allegedly smuggling the drugs, reports KPRC.
"As America's frontline, our mission is to protect the public from terrorists and harmful items coming into the United States," Houston CBP Port Director Charles Perez said in a press release. "We take every opportunity to disrupt criminal activity whether it is the importation of illicit narcotics, prohibited Lancerio Benjarano arrived in Houston from Guatemala City and was traveling to New York.”
Last year, CBP encountered a similar incident after a different Guatemalan man was busted at Newark Liberty Intercontinental Airport for attempting to smuggle 3 pounds of cocaine in cookies in his belongings.