Nearly half a million dollars worth of heroin was sniffed out in food packaging over a single weekend this month inside an express cargo facility located at JFK Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced.
As CBP officers were conducting searches at the cargo facility on June 6, a K-9 alerted them to the presence of narcotics within packages of a powdered, honey-flavored drink. A brown powder was found inside one of the packages and tested positive for heroin.
According to CBP, the same dog discovered heroin within Tortrix chips and jelly powder, and a short time later, found the drugs inside a shipment of powdered drink mix packages.
The following day, another K-9 detected narcotics in a shipment manifested as Risitos chip seasoning. Inside, several packages of cookies and seasoning mix were discovered that produced a brown powdery substance, which tested positive for heroin.
In total, according to CBP, the four heroin seizures had an approximate weight of 16 pounds and an estimated street value of $470,000.
No arrests have been made, but the seizures are part of an ongoing investigation.