U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection seize baking products that allegedly contain cocaine from a Brooklyn man.
Officials definitely smelled what he was cooking.
A Brooklyn man was arrested at JFK Airport for allegedly trying to smuggle 17 pounds of cocaine into the country concealed as baking products, officials.
Hudson, a tow truck driver, had arrived from Georgetown, Guyana on Delta Flight 384. Customs and Border Protection officers selected Hudson’s baggage for inspection due to an abnormal odor and their unusual weight.
The two bags the Brooklyn man presented contained five bags of “Champion” brand baking powder and three bags of “Champion” brand custard powder. When customs officers tested the contents of the baking products, they proved to be cocaine.
The bags contained more than 17 pounds of the illegal substance and according to officials have a street value in excess of $500,000.
“This was an excellent seizure by CBP officers in the New York area,” said Robert E. Perez, director, Field Operations, New York Field Office.
Perez added, “Although this was a not a complex concealment, CBP officers remembered not to overlook the simple stuff.”
Hudson is awaiting federal prosecution. If sentenced, he will face significant time in prison.