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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  1. OkieNTX

    Hmm, I guess Lindsay Lohan is back in the states. Why is she crossdressing and calling herself "Lopera" though?

    May 21, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. peyote

    For everyone who keeps talking about how dumb drug dealers are. What are you saying about the law enforcement agents that get fooled by similar schemes everyday? I just can’t believe I didn't think of this. I like coke and I like chocolate why not put them together brilliant! One last thing that Tom guy preaching about god. You are why people are afraid of
    religion. Seriously ruining my buzz man.

    May 22, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. casino man

    Thats why they call it nose candy. Give me a hit!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    Isnt it ironic EDDYmonet that they treated you with cocaine during your procedure to fix your deviated septum when cocaine is the reason why I have a deviated septum........

    May 22, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |
    • funtimes

      HAHAH <>.... perhaps not funnyyy... lol.

      May 22, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Reese

    Guy 1:"You got cocaine in my chocolate!"
    Guy 2: "You got chocolate in my cocaine!"

    That gives me a great idea for a new product.
    "You like Hershey's Kisses? Try the all new Hershey's Blows."

    May 22, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Mike Tha Maniak

    Wish I got Hold of those

    May 22, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. Patrick A


    May 22, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. El Danimal

    brings a new meaning to the term "brown-nosing" hehe

    May 22, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Arthur

    I'll never look at a pistachio the same way again.....

    May 22, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  10. lucdemont
    I guess Jesus approves of morphine!!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:32 am | Report abuse |
    • funtimes

      Jesus refused a drink of anesthetic when he was dying (wine mixed with myrrh)...

      May 22, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Break me off a piece of that kit kat bar.

    May 22, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. chsieh

    looks like i'm gonna have to be careful if traveling to USA anytime with those ferrero rocher chocolates!

    May 22, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. peyote

    I personally think the best method is forming the drugs into a giant green van and then driving across the border> I here that works

    May 22, 2010 at 5:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. Leo

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

    May 22, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
    • funtimes

      sure... 1 minute to heart attack... great fun... excellent fire... ;o

      May 22, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. griffbos

    the big question unanswered is how many times has he traveled back and forth before getting caught?????

    May 22, 2010 at 6:00 am | Report abuse |
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