Corn Flakes or Cocaine

Narcotics in Cereal


The US customs and boarder protection

The so called corn flakes that was smuggled into The US

Abby Adkins, Staff Writer

On February 13, 2021, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati found smuggled narcotics in a shipment of cereal coming from Peru, in South America. While working on incoming freight, a CPD narcotic detector dog named Bico flagged the cereal shipment going to a private residence in Hong Kong. When the officer opened the box label corn flakes he found and whitish-grey powder coating the cereal. Upon further inspection, the white powder tested positive for cocaine. They found 44 pounds of cocaine coated on the corn flakes.

The amount of drugs found is estimated to be worth $2,822,400 on the street.

According to CBS News, Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said smugglers will try to hide narcotics in anything imaginable but vowed that inspectors will stop such shipments. “The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public,” Gillespie said.

After the incident CBP tweeted “That’s not Frosted Flakes—CBP K9 “Bico” sniffed out 44lbs of cocaine in a shipment of cereal originating from South America.”

According to CNN people are coming up with new very creative ways to try to smuggle drugs like cocaine across borders. In July, police in Italy found cocaine stuffed inside individually hollowed-out coffee beans, after opening a parcel addressed to a fictional Mafia boss from a Hollywood movie.

On a typical day in 2020, the CBP said, an average of 3,677 pounds of drugs were seized at U.S. ports of entry.