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Cocaine cookies don't make it past customs in New Jersey

Man arrested at Newark airport for allegedly hiding cocaine in cookies

So much for a secret ingredient: A Guatemalan man was arrested at a New Jersey airport earlier this month after customs agents found he had secreted more than $50,000 worth of cocaine inside three batches of cookies, authorities said.

Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez flew into Newark Liberty Airport from Guatemala City on June 5 with cookies stowed inside of three of his bags, according to a statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

CBP spokesman Anthony Bucco said that as agents inspected Hernandez's bags, they found 118 "small oval-shaped pellets" hidden inside each cookie. The pellets tested positive for cocaine with an estimated street value of $52,000.

Hernandez is facing drug smuggling charges.

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3:06 p.m.: This post was updated to indicate the arresting agency as U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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