Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes
Officials say the 30 pounds of cocaine was carried in cake mix boxes.
October 27th, 2011
04:24 PM ET

Woman accused of trafficking 30 pounds of cocaine in cake mix boxes

An 18-year-old woman who was arrested after nearly 30 pounds of cocaine was found hidden in cake mix boxes in her suitcase will be charged as an adult, according to a Florida state attorney's office.

Ayesha Niles, who lives in London, was traveling from Jamaica to London with a stopover at Miami International Airport on Friday when she went through a routine luggage check.

"Twenty-four boxes of cake mix in your luggage," Ed Griffith, spokesperson Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, told CNN. "It just seemed extremely unusual."

It was unusual enough that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent sent Niles to the inspection area for a second screening.

According to the arrest affidavit the boxes of cake mix contained a total of "+/- 29.30 pounds of powder cocaine." According to the state attorney's office the estimated street value of the cocaine in London is $650,000.00.

The affidavit says Niles told law enforcement that the boxes were placed in her luggage in Jamaica but she was not aware of what the boxes contained.

Niles was arrested on charges of trafficking of cocaine and transporting of a control substance. Niles turned 18 this week and because of her age of majority and the seriousness of the crime the state attorney's office has filed notice that she will be charged as an adult. Niles, who is still in the juvenile system currently, could not be reached for comment.

"This is an extremely serious charge," Griffith said. "She is looking at minimum mandatory prison time upon a conviction."

If convicted Niles could be sentences up to 15 years in prison for each count.

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  1. robert breisch

    so-the us taxpayers will pay for her to spend life in prison.Got to love the paid off by bribes-our congress and president who refuses to legalize drugs-tax them-and for those who od and die-bury them-its cheaper then paying for their life stay in any jail

    October 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pinewalker

      Legalizing drugs doesn't stop the problem of addictions, the harm to the addicts family, cost of their continual rehab, etc, etc. If easier and cheaper were the route we were looking for than we'd legalize everything. Making the right choices and upholding the law isn't always easy or cheap.

      November 14, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Asrail

      True true. Pinewalker dosnt know what he/she is talking about getting addicted to coke and messing up you life is your fault and the governement should'nt try to stop you from that

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  2. lance

    do like in china execute dealers and smugglers drug problem solved, next problem ?

    October 30, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kookmyer

      I think the next problem is you.

      October 31, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • britbilly

      Are you propsing executing the CEOs of all of the pharmaceutical companies? Because that is the single largest cartel in the world, making untold billions to pump us all full of synthetic chemicals! Kids now don't need a street drug dealer; they just hit up mom and dad's medicine cabinet.

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    lance loves Hitler!

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  4. george

    well that is very unruly of you my lady montego bay airport transferAirport transportation jamaica

    October 31, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
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    I would like to personally dispose of ALL the evidence.

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  6. Vik

    Yum ...sniff sniff

    November 2, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  7. soulshadow55

    I wondery why the cocaine wasn't discovered when she departed Sangster Airport in Jamaica? Maybe they knew about it and allowed her to travel to the U.S. but sent a message to the authorities in Miami to check her luggage. That way the U.S. would have to arrest and convict her. She would spend her years in prison in the U.S. federal system and not in Jamaica. Jamaica saves itself a lot of time and money that way.

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  9. Hardy

    C'mon. She said it wasn't hers. Why won't they believe her?

    November 4, 2011 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
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