Traveler Accused Of Smuggling 11 Pounds Of Liquid Cocaine In Olive Oil, Vinegar Bottles

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

(U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Perhaps you have a secret ingredient for adding a little kick to your salad dressing, but if it’s cocaine, law enforcement officials aren’t going to let you keep it: U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport say a passenger arrived with 11 pounds of liquid cocaine packed inside oil and vinegar bottles in his luggage.

News outlets are only now reporting the Oct. 5 incident, when officials say agents discovered the illicit drugs upon going through his checked baggage.

See, something wasn’t quite right about the bottles of liquid (anyone who cooks now and then would likely realize that olive oil and vinegar aren’t identical in appearance), an observation that held up when agents opened the bottles and detected an unusual chemical odor.

Customs officials tested the liquid in the six bottles and said the results indicated it was cocaine, with a total weight of 11 pounds and a street value of $194,000. The Department of Homeland Security is now investigating.

Customs agents: Traveler hid cocaine in oil, vinegar bottles [Associated Press]