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Smuggler Snagged Who Stuffed Food and Drink Full of Drugs

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | October 07, 2015

Smuggler Snagged Who Stuffed Food and Drink Full of Drugs

Photo via Twitter/CustomsBorder 

A man returning to the United States from South America was arrested Sunday after authorities found $170,000 worth of cocaine and pills stuffed into food in his checked baggage.

As reported by The Associated Press, 48-year-old William Anthony Sanchez of Newark, New Jersey, was returning from a trip to Peru when he was stopped by authorities at Newark Liberty International Airport after they discovered oxycodone pills in his bag.

Upon further investigation, the man’s checked baggage was also filled with food and drink products, many of which were discovered to contain cocaine. Inside of nougat cakes, bags of coffee and powdered drinks, officers allegedly found around 10 pounds of cocaine.

Combined, the drugs confiscated have an estimated street value of $170,000, according to United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson Anthony Bucci. The official Twitter account of the CBP shared an image of the confiscated food items containing the drugs:

As for Sanchez, the New Jersey resident faces drug smuggling charges and is being held at the Essex County Jail on $250,000 bail.

This is not the first time drug smugglers attempted to hide the controlled substances inside food. As TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke reported in June, CBP officers in Miami discovered two pounds of cocaine being smuggled through the airport inside fried fish.


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