Guyanese held with cocaine in custard powder

Last Updated on Saturday, 26 December 2015, 20:59 by GxMedia

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A man was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport after authorities said nearly 18 pounds of cocaine was found inside packages of powdered custard in his suitcase.

It happened back on April 22.

Authorities said Godfrey Cassius was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers after arriving on a flight from Guyana.

While inspecting his bag, officers found eight packages of “Champion” brand custard powder. The packages contained a white powder that emitted a strong chemical odor and later tested positive for cocaine, authorities said.

In all, authorities said 17.9 pounds of cocaine with an approximate street value of $300,000 was seized.

Cassius was arrested for the importation of a controlled substance and was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations.