STERLING, Va., (WUSA) - Customs and Border Protection officers at Dulles Airport seized nearly six pounds of cocaine Saturday that was hidden inside candy and soup mixes and carried by a courier, CBP reports.
The Guatemalan courier arrived about 2 a.m. from El Salvador and during a routine secondary inspection, CBP officers discovered a white, powdery substance in two hard brown bricks labeled as "Dulce de Panela" which is a molasses-like, brown candy made of unrefined sugar, and in five packages of "Hilachas," a beef soup.
A CBP narcotics detector dog alerted officials to the seven items, and the white substance field-tested positive for cocaine. Total weight of the cocaine measured five pounds, 13 ounces.
Authorities released the man to return home to Guatemala and barred him from returning to the U.S. for a minimum of five years.
During fiscal year 2011, which spans Oct. 1, 2010 through Sept. 30, 2011, CBP officers at Washington Dulles International Airport intercepted just over 50 pounds of cocaine in seven seizures.