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Cocaine Disguised as Baking Powder Does Not Fool CBP Officers at JFK

Release Date: 
January 27, 2010

Jamaica, N.Y. - A Kettering, Md., resident returning home was side tracked by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at JFK, when he was caught with more than 26 pounds of cocaine in his luggage. Arriving international passenger Jaruis Rayon attempted to pass off more than $800,000 worth of cocaine as legitimate baking powder.

Bags labeled as baking powder contain $800,000 worth of cocaine.

Bags labeled as baking powder contain $800,000 worth of cocaine.

On January 10, CBP officers selected Mr. Rayon for a routine baggage inspection after arriving on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana. Mr. Rayon presented two checked bags for inspection and appeared to be a normal international traveler coming through JFK. Upon opening his luggage, CBP officers noticed several bags of what was labeled as baking powder to have an unusual scent. A more intrusive inspection revealed that the white powdery substance contained within these packages which field tested positive for cocaine.

"CBP is dedicated to its mission of protecting our nation's borders," said Robert E. Perez, director of Field Operations, New York Field Office. "These highly skilled officers are committed to intercepting any threat or illicit activity before it adversely affects our nation's communities."

The narcotics seized during this inspection carried a street value more than $800,000.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017