STERLING, Va. (WJLA) - A woman was arrested at Dulles International Airport (IAD) in Virginia on Wednesday after a search revealed she was attempting to smuggle cocaine hidden inside candy into the U.S.
The Honduran woman presented herself as a business courier, and therefore was flagged for secondary screening.
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents found cone-shaped packages in her baggage that contained carmelized sugar cane sweets, according to a statement. An agent took a knife and cut into one of the treats, revealing a white, powdery substance. The substance tested positive for cocaine.
All eight packages also tested positive, yielding a total of more than one-and-a-half pounds of cocaine. That amount has an approximate street value of around $80,000.
The woman was sent back to Honduras and has been banned from entering the U.S. for a minimum of five years, authorities said. All of the drugs were seized.
Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said the seizure is an example of their increasing efforts to discover "unique concealment efforts" for drugs moving through airports.
"This is one type of business that we just can’t allow into the U.S.,” said Wayne Biondi, CBP port director for the Port of Washington.
Between Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013, CBP officers at IAD intercepted a little more than 12 pounds of cocaine in four seizures, according to the statement.