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Old 06-10-2016, 07:21 PM
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Woman Tries to Smuggle $300,000 Worth of Cocaine Packed Into Chocolate Drink Cans Into Philly Airport: Customs
By Dan Stamm
Published at 10:21 AM EDT on Jun 10, 2016

A look at the cocaine-filled chocolate drink cans

U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained an Upper Darby woman after finding $300,000 worth of cocaine in 10 cans of chocolate drink.

Tiwanda Rechele White-Pinkton, 38, arrived at Philadelphia International Airport on May 23 after a visit to Montego Bay in Jamaica, said Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in a news release Wednesday.

Customs officers at first discovered a white powdery substance in two cans inside the Upper Darby, Pennsylvania woman’s luggage and testing revealed the substance to be cocaine, said CBP.

In total, officers found 4.9 kilograms (nearly 11 pounds) of cocaine concealed in the cans, said CBP.

Pennsylvania State Police arrested White-Pinkton on drug dealing and criminal conspiracy charges.

"Transnational criminal organizations employ many unique concealment methods to smuggle their deadly drugs into the United States, and Customs and Border Protection officers must remain vigilant to stop these attempts," said Port of Philadelphia CBP director Susan Stranieri. "We’re hopeful that this arrest sends a strong message that CBP officers in Philadelphia remain committed to intercepting illicit narcotics before it can reach our communities."

Across the country, CBP officers seize around 9,000 pounds of narcotics daily.
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