Customs and Border Protection officers working at the Port of Cincinnati this month seized 44 pounds of cereal flakes that may have been “frosted” but not with sugar.
The agency’s “narcotics detector dog,” Bico, was the first to alert that something was wrong with the shipment from Peru, authorities said.
When officers opened a box marked “Corn Flakes,” the contents included a white powder and a grayish coating, according to a press release. The tests confirmed that the content included cocaine.
The final destination of the shipment had been a private home in Hong Kong.
Smugglers will hide narcotics in anything imaginable, Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a press release praising his team’s work in finding the unusual cache.
The 44 pounds of drug-laced cereal was estimated to have a street value of more than $ 2.5 million.
On a typical day in 2020, CBP said, an average of 3,677 pounds of drugs were seized at U.S. ports of entry.