May 21st, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Man accused of smuggling 15 pounds of cocaine in candy

Officials say Robert Lopera tried to smuggle 15 pounds of cocaine in these chocolate candies and in pistachios.

Being a drug mule isn't usually such a sweet deal.

But authorities say it was sweet for Robert Lopera, who is accused of trying to smuggle in 15 pounds of cocaine concealed in chocolate candies and pistachios - until he was arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on May 11.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped Lopera, a U.S. citizen, as he was trying to enter the country from Medellin, Colombia.

Lopera was selected for a baggage check, whereupon he handed over a suitcase and duffel bag.

According the to the complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York federal court, a customs officer found a gift package in the suitcase containing several boxes of chocolates and bags of pistachios. The bag seemed a little heavy for only candies and nuts.

Instead of their usual fate of being devoured, officials say, the Ferrero Rocher chocolates were poked and prodded until it was determined that they were filled with cocaine, as were the pistachio shells. Had these treats reached the streets, they could have brought close to $500,000.

Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement are continuing to investigate the drugs' intended destination.

Lopera has been charged with illegal importation of cocaine and awaits federal prosecution.

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soundoff (135 Responses)

    No way 15 lb of coke is worth half a mill.But if it was would you risk maybe 10 years in club fed so that you could retire ?Do you still think you can win the war on drugs?

    May 22, 2010 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. NiceGuyTony

    WoW 15lb's National Headline News the Entire Day. I'm glad they caught it but hopefully as much money we spend on the war on drugs their not to impressed with themselves over just this one bust...

    May 22, 2010 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  3. philip woodruff

    ...must have been a massive amount of chocolate and nuts. 16lbs! am I reading this right?!

    May 22, 2010 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
    • funtimes

      oh please... the average weekend party here buddy... ;o

      May 22, 2010 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  4. um

    Chocol-eight balls.

    May 22, 2010 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Deibito

    I love, reading these comments, just how many of the people commenting on here are clearly snorting lines on the regular, or at least know what the heck they're talking about. The in-jokes alone are enough to prove that the war against this stuff is 19 kinds of pointless.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. bttmstr

    damn... he was suppose to deliver it to me... damn idiot,... i'll make him pay! hope they release him fast, he also swallowed 10lbs, so hope they release the *** so that he can cough it up real soon...

    May 22, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  7. funtimes

    ...and there goes the party we were going to have this weekend.... bummer...

    May 22, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. txbeauty

    he was a idiot!!!! i have traveled back and forth to Colombia numerous times...(i used to be married to a colombian),my son travels frequently himself..If you are american coming from colombia you will be stopped!!!!!

    June 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. casino

    coke is much safer and healthier than alcohol (at least the clean one before being cut)

    August 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
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