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Sweet Find: CBP Finds Meth Concealed in Candy

Release Date: 
December 3, 2018

Meth-filled waffle cone
Meth-filled waffle cones
valued at $39,900 was
seized at IAH.

HOUSTON - U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) were inspecting cargo shipments of foodstuff when they made a sweet discovery, Nov. 27

Candy concealing meth
CBP officers seized five of these bags
of candy headed to Houston with more
than 11 pounds of methamphetamine
concealed inside candy waffle cones.

Tucked inside candy waffle cones was 11.7 pounds of methamphetamine valued at about $39,900.

CBP officers were conducting x-rayed examinations of arriving cargo when they noticed an anomaly within a shipment of hard candies arriving from Mexico.  Once they opened the bag of candies, they found a white, crystalline substance hidden inside the waffle cones.  Testing of the crystalline substance indicated a positive result for methamphetamine.

“Our agency is committed to detecting and preventing dangerous narcotics from entering our nation’s border,” said Houston Area Port Director Raymond S. Polley.  “This seizure is particularly meaningful as the narcotic filled candy could have ended up in the hands of children.” 

Methamphetamine is a Schedule II drug and has a high potential for abuse. CBP officers seized five large bags of candy, which contained the narcotics that were destined for Houston.  On a typical day in fiscal year 2017, CBP seized 5,863 pounds of narcotics and disrupted 222 pounds of narcotics.     

Last modified: 
December 3, 2018
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