Cocaine Found in Beef Soup, Candy at Dulles: Customs

Third cocaine seizure in about a week at Dulles

By Matthew Stabley
|  Monday, Sep 24, 2012  |  Updated 2:27 PM EDT
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Cocaine hidden in packages of beef soup and a molasses-like candy were seized at Dulles.

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Customs and Border Patrol officers found almost 6 pounds of cocaine disguised in candy and soup at Dulles International Airport Saturday -- the third cocaine seizure at the airport in a week.

During a routine secondary inspection of a man from Guatemala after 2 a.m., a CBP dog alerted officers to two hard, brown bricks of Dulce de Panela -- a molasses-like candy made of unrefined sugar -- and five packages of the beef soup Hilachas, CBP said. Inside, officers found 5 pounds and 13 ounces of cocaine.

Following extensive interviewing, the Guatemalan man was released to return home and barred from returning to the United States for the next five years, according to customs.

A week earlier, CBP barred two other Guatemalan couriers from returning to the United States for five years after 12.6 pounds of cocaine were found in double-walled jars of cream and honey at Dulles. Those couriers were traveling separately.

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