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. Vik

    Yum...Poor girl just wanted to bake 24 cakes ...and everyone knows you cannot find cake mix in England.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wheel Chair Kitty

    Powdered donuts make me go nuts

    October 27, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • TehKitteh

      You too? I thought it was just me. *ah-choo!

      October 27, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. willybeemer

    cant wait to see her on locked up abroad.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • brendan

      this def sounds exactly like a normal locked up abroad episode. some dude packs the luggage for them and they know whats in there. would it be called locked up abroad Miami? doesnt make much sense but i guess since shes british it kind of does in a way. haha

      October 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. You

    Dang so thats what happened to my hook up lol no wonder the prices in town have gone up!! haha

    October 27, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. phillip marlowe

    thats what happens when you get greedy–next time try 4 boxes.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. immobee

    cocaine is a hell of a drug

    October 27, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Brewer Fan

    One more person we'll have to feed and clothe for the near future...

    October 27, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tony Montana

    "15 years for each count" – does that mean 15 years for each cake box? What if she had put it all in one giant cake box? Would she then have just got charged on a single count? Or would that be having your cake and eating it?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • CommonSense

      1 count of trafficking cocaine, 1 count of transporting controlled substance

      October 27, 2011 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. CommonSense

    An eightball of cocaine is worth $338.54 in London?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GOFD

    In what universe would this be considered a clever idea?

    October 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    She was a mule, possibly one held against her will. We will just have to see.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • brendan

      havent u seen an episode of locked up abroad? they all agree to do this. since the can make a large sum of money. highly unlikely she was held against her will

      October 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. honestthought

    She probably won't do the 15 yrs, howewver, sorry, you break the law and expect to be punnished? People who do illegal drugs seem to be asking to be arrested.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D

    WTH CNN?
    This broad traffics a measly 20lbs of coke and it's a headline?

    How about the EIGHTY SEVEN YEAR OLD GUY caught hauling 229lbs of the stuff in his pickup truck??
    You'd think that'd make a better headline, sheesh

    October 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tom

    One thing I do not get in US law is charging kids as adults.

    You're either an adult or not. I do not understand how someone can just decide that someone who is not an adult, becomes and adult, because that fits someone's purpose (usually prosecutor's). Where I come from juvenile offender (no matter what is the crime) is treated by a juvenile court.

    By definition, a juvenile does not have mental/emotional capacity to understand his actions and it's repercussions, and therefore should be seen differently in the light of justice.

    If he had such capacity, he should be allowed to vote, drink booze etc. Which leads me to the second issue:
    What's up with not allowing less than 21 years old to drink ?
    This is another weird one. So you can (should!) vote, but you can't have a beer! You're allowed to sign up for the army (apparently you're smart enough to know what's best for you) but you're to stupid too handle a bottle of beer.

    I really do not get it. US should decide on some age after witch every citizen is fully an adult, and cannot be discriminated against. This would helpfully stop these crazy Americans from behaving like retards in my bars.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mervyn

    Cakecaine, mmmmm

    October 27, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
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