A passenger on an international flight from Peru landed at Newark airport on Sunday with 10 pounds of cocaine packed into wheels of white cheese, Pisco Sour mix, nougat cakes, and bags of coffee among other perishables.
According to Customs and Border Protection, 48-year-old William Anthony Sanchez of Newark flew into New Jersey from Lima on Sunday. During a standard customs inspection, airport authorities uncovered a "variety" of drink and food products in his checked bag, along with 88 Oxycodone pills.
This discovery prompted an additional private search, during which CBP officers "probed" Sanchez's packaged and prepared foods, beans, and powders, revealing about 10 pounds of cocaine, with an estimated street value of $170,000.
Port Authority Police quickly arrested Sanchez, and charged him with narcotics smuggling.
In May, Karlo Oscata, also en route from Lima, failed to pass through customs with five pounds of cocaine stashed inside a picture frame, two jars, a glass bottle, and six wooden coasters.