Customs officers find 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes in Ohio

CINCINNATI — Customs inspectors in Ohio intercepted a shipment of cereal with a special coating -- cocaine.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection said Bico, a narcotics detection dog, alerted to the cereal Feb. 13 while checking incoming freight from Peru. The 44 pounds of cocaine-covered cereal is valued at $2.8 million and was headed to a home in Hong Kong.

Officers opened the box and saw the cereal contained white powder and the flakes were coated with a grayish substance. The flakes and powder tested positive for cocaine.

“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,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a statement.