Cincinnati customs agents seize cocaine-stuffed soy nuggets

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that Cincinnati officers seized two pounds of cocaine disguised as soy nuggets.

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In a release, CBP said that on Monday, the officers noticed “something strange” about a shipment of food going through a local express delivery facility.

The package was described as “food stuff” and contained bars of soap and multiple kinds of food products, including two bags labeled “soya chunks” that contained what looked like soy nuggets.

CBP said officers opened one of the nuggets and found small pellets of a white powder, which was tested and confirmed to be cocaine.

In total, there were two pounds of cocaine, with a street value of about $45,000.

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CBP said that the shipment came from Trinidad and Tobago, which the agency said is vulnerable to drug trafficking and in particular a transit point for large amounts of cocaine from South America. The shipment was bound for a private residence in Ontario, Canada.

Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said, “Smugglers can be creative in their attempts to get narcotics past our frontline. Our officers are exceptional at identifying shipments that warrant additional scrutiny, and now, more than ever, their skills are critical in securing our nation’s borders.”