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Earlier this month, federal agents seized 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes.

On February 13, agents with Customs and Border Protection executed the bust with the assistance of Bico, a narcotic-detector dog.

Bico tipped off the feds about a controlled substance possibly being transported in an upcoming corn-flake cereal shipment. When agents went to take a closer look, they discovered something interesting.

“They saw that the cereal contained white powder, and the flakes were coated with a grayish substance,” a news release read. 

Upon testing the powder, agents learned that Angel brand corn-flake cereal’s large shipment was disguised as cocaine.

According to New York Daily News, the brand Angel originated from Peru, and the shipment was heading “to a private residence in Hong Kong.”

The shipment has a potential street value of up to $2.82 million.

“The men and women at the Port of Cincinnati are committed to stopping the flow of dangerous drugs, and they continue to use their training, intuition, and strategic skills to prevent these kinds of illegitimate shipments from reaching the public,” Cincinnati Port Director Richard Gillespie said in a statement released Friday.




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‘Impossible to trace.’ Tech savvy dad may be holding daughter captive in WA, cops say

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A father accused of kidnapping his teenage daughter 17 months ago could be holding her captive in Washington, but his technology skills are making it hard for authorities to find him, officials say.

Authorities say John Oliver Westbrook kidnapped his daughter, Daphne Westbrook, 17, in October 2019 from Chattanooga, Tennessee, according to a news release posted on Facebook by the Hamilton County District Attorney’s Office in Tennessee.

Investigators say Westbrook is holding Daphne against her will and they’re struggling to locate them because he is “an IT expert specializing in security, block chain technology and bitcoin.”

Brooke WolfordFri, March 5, 2021, 5:41 AM