WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Border Patrol agents in Cincinnati seized 44 pounds of corn flakes after a narcotic-detector dog alerted them to the possible presence of a controlled substance.
- The corn flakes and the powder that coated them were both found to contain cocaine.
- It’s estimated that the cereal bust which was headed for Hong Kong has an estimated street value of up to $2.82 million.
Maybe you want some frosted corn flakes for breakfast? However, it wasn’t sugar on those flakes when agents with Customs and Border Protection seized a large shipment of brand name “Angel” cereal that originated from Peru and were supposed to be sent to a private residence in Hong Kong.
February 13 in Cincinnati, a narcotic-detector dog named Bico alerted agents about a possible controlled substance. According to a news release, when the agents opened one of the cereal boxes to take a closer look inside, they saw the flakes were coated in a “grayish substance” and that the cereal “contained white powder.”
The results of a quick test of the product found that both the flakes and the powder contained a schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act- cocaine.
Border Patrol says that the shipment, which contained around 44 pounds of the cocaine-coated corn flakes, could have a street value of up to $2.82 million.
In a statement released Friday, Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said that they are “committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs.” Using their training, strategic skills, and intuition to halt similar kinds of illegitimate shipments so they won’t reach the public. CBP statistics released last month say that last year in 2020, 3,677 pounds of drugs were seized by agents at ports of entry across the US.
Last year, the agency also added 63,685 people to their workforce, including 1,500 teams of canines.
Source: Daily News