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On February 13, 2021 U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in Cincinnati, Ohio intercepted Cocaine in a shipment of cereal originating from South America. The shipment contained about 44 pounds of cocaine coated corn flakes, which could have a street value of up to $2,822,400.

A narcotic detector dog was working incoming freight at a Cincinnati port. A shipment from Peru arrived and the dog alerted to the large shipment of cereal headed to a private residence in Hong Kong.

When officers opened the box of cereal to take a closer look, they saw that the cereal contained white powder, and the flakes were coated with a grayish substance. Officers tested the flakes and powder to find that they contained cocaine, which is a schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act.

Drug smugglers will hide narcotics in anything imaginable. Cocaine abuse can lead to many adverse health consequences including cardiac arrhythmia, heart conditions, cardiac arrest, convulsions, stroke, and death.  

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