During a deeper search of the luggage and the cookies that were found inside, the officer found out that the cookies were not just cookies. The cookies themselves were being used as luggage. The cookies were carrying an illegal substance. Each cookie held what was described as small, oval shaped pellets of cocaine baked within them.
Guatemalan native, Mauricio Isidro Rivera Hernandez, was taken into custody by the Customs and Border protection police after the discovery. The contents of his luggage contain over three pounds of the narcotic. There were 118 pellets recovered. The street value of the recovered cocaine is said to be worth 52,000 or a bit more.
Hernandez was handed over to the Port Authiority Police by the Customs and Border Protection officers. He is facing state drug charges for smuggling the drugs into the country and for possession as well. There are quite of few drug related charges Hernandez is facing. Law breakers have received up to forty years for smuggling drugs into the United States.
The Director of the Custom’s and Border Protection New York Field Operations, Robert Perez, has released a statement. He stated the Customs and Border Protection officers remain quite vigilant whenm it comes to the protection of the United States. They are dedicated to keeping the United States from the distribution of these dangerous drugs. Regardless of the concealment methods of those that would be smugglers, the CBP officers are doing their jobs.
As of yet, there is no information available on whether Hernandez has a attorney.