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Passenger caught with cocaine-filled sauce at JFK airport: officials

Posted at 11:44 AM, Sep 30, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-30 12:03:09-04
A passenger flying from Mexico City was found with cocaine hidden in containers of sauce, according to authorities. (Department of Homeland Security)

A passenger flying from Mexico City was found with cocaine hidden in containers of sauce, according to authorities. (Department of Homeland Security)

(PIX11) – A woman trying to to pass through security at John F. Kennedy International Airport was stopped last week when customs officers say they discovered a secret ingredient in her containers of sauce.

After Reynalda Leal Ricando disembarked September 22 from a Mexico City flight, she admitted she was carrying food items.  Customs and Border Patrol agriculture specialists x-rayed her luggage and allegedly found two “tar-like masses” hidden in plastic sauce containers.

Further tests confirmed that the sauce was concealing 3.3 pounds of cocaine, valued at $58,000.

“Cocaine is a dangerous narcotic, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets.” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.  “Our Officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”

Ricando, who is a Mexican citizen, faces narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the Queens District Court of New York.