The creativity of those trying to sneak drugs into the U.S. was on full display Saturday when U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles International Airport found cocaine inside double-walled jars of cream and honey.
Two Guatemalan couriers, traveling separately, were being examined as part of a routine check when CBP officers found seven plastic jars with similarly constructed wall linings. The jars were headed to addresses in Maryland.
Inside the walls was a white powdery substance which the CBP said tested positive for cocaine. Altogether, the containers contained nearly 5.75 kilograms -- or 12.6 pounds -- of cocaine.
The couriers were released after being interviewed, and have been barred from returning to the U.S. for five years at a minimum.
The CBP reports that since Oct. 1, 2011, officers have seized more than 50 pounds of cocaine in seven incidents.