Traveler Smuggled Cocaine to JFK Airport in Salad Dressing: Customs Agents

A passenger arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport had 11 pounds of liquid cocaine packed into oil and vinegar bottles, according to law enforcement officials.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said authorities found the cocaine Oct. 5 when Andres Josue Leal Valle, a citizen of Guatemala, arrived with three suitcases and a carry-on bag.

Agents said they opened bottles of oil and vinegar in Leal Valle's luggage and detected an unusual chemical odor.

Customs officials said the liquid in six bottles tested positive for cocaine. The total weight of the cocaine was 11 pounds and the street value was $194,000, according to customs officials.

The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the case.

No information on an attorney for Leal Valle was immediately available.

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