NEW YORK — A man from Mexico attempting to enter the U.S. at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City was arrested after customs agents said he tried to hide cocaine in cake.
Agents told WFSB Jesus Martinez Ramirez hid roughly $33,000 worth of cocaine in five cakes.
The discovery was made when an x-ray of his luggage revealed packages concealed within the cakes.
Further investigating revealed a white powder inside the packages. The white powder tested positive for cocaine, according to agents.
In all, they confiscated 2 pounds of cocaine.
“This latest seizure demonstrates the vigilance of our [Customs and Border Protection] officers, and their excellence in detecting those who would try to smuggle these illegal substances,” said Robert Perez, director, Field Operations New York.
Ramirez was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department.
He was charged with smuggling and will be prosecuted by the Queens County District Court.