NEWARK, N.J. – While cookies and milk make for a great snack, U. S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Newark Liberty International Airport seized a very dangerous combination of cookies.
On Thursday, June 5, 2014, Mr. Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez, a Guatemalan Citizen, arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport from Guatemala City, Guatemala, and presented himself for inspection. During the examination of Rivera Hernandez’s luggage, CBP officers discovered cookies within his three checked bags.
The passenger was subsequently escorted to a private search room where CBP officers conducted a physical search of his baggage. Upon further inspection of the cookies, they discovered small oval-shaped pellets containing a white powdery substance that tested positive for cocaine. In total, 118 pellets of cocaine were seized, with an estimated weight of 3.08 lbs. and an approximate street value of $52,000.
“CBP Officers remain ever vigilant in protecting the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs, regardless of the concealment methods employed by these would-be smugglers,” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.
Rivera Hernandez was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department. He now faces state prosecution for narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the New Jersey State District Attorney’s Office in Newark. All defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.