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. toshmaster1

    The fully burdened cost of this by the govt will be over 50,000,000. what a collosal waist of resources for a disease.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hellscreamgold

      You mean a choice.

      October 27, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Izm

      No, he was right when he said "disease". I assure you it goes WAY beyond just being a choice. The compulsion becomes so great, that any promises you made to yourself about not doing it go right out the window. It's like being highjacked man. I had no "choice" once withdrawal kicked in. It's biology, not personality at that point. I am accountable for starting though. 15 months clean, today. Say word.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Fnordz

      Izm: No, it's a choice to do drugs. You had a choice to not do them in the first place, and you made the choice to stop as well. Congrats on your 15 months, but call a spade a spade- addiction is a problem with behavior and judgement, not a disease in the traditional sense of the word. Yes, I know there are medical professionals that classify it as such, but if anything it could possibly be classified as a weird hybrid of choice and disease. There are physical changes that occur in the brain of people who are drug addicts, but unlike other diseases, it can be effectively stopped by choice and, yes, will. By the way, I was an IV drug user once, so ... been there, done that. Quit years ago without rehab, 12 step or therapy of any sort- just a strong enough desire and inner strength.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. James

    Happy Birthday girl.

    October 27, 2011 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. vladmir smirnof

    in soviet russia, coke smuggles you!

    October 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    So it only makes white cake and gives you much more than a sugar rush. lol

    October 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bao

    All to "protect" people who want to get high in peace? Give me a break. The war against drugs is a sham, used to suck up additional tax dollars that actually never go to this "war".

    October 28, 2011 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. JEN

    ALL SCHOOLS NEED TO SHOW ALL KIDS WHAT EFFECT ON DRUG USE. THEY NEED TO REMEMBER THEMSELVES ALL THE PAIN IT CAUSE TO PARENTS WHEN THEIR CHILD ARE ON DRUGS

    October 28, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
    • QW

      If kids saw the actual effects of drugs, more kids would do them when they see how fun it is.

      October 28, 2011 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. Don

    I'm not a trained agent, but c'mon!

    October 28, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Robin

    CAN YOU SAY I AM A STUPID IDIOT! SERVES HER RIGHT,..... RETART

    October 28, 2011 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Izm

      Retart, eh? Touche!

      October 28, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
    • JLS

      The only "Retart" I see on this thread is you...

      October 28, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. mrhapiguy

    so they threw out all that cake mix??!! that's horrible.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
  10. QW

    The face value of the total amount of drugs seized is always included, as if that's the sole reason for the "war on drugs". They must really hate when people make a profit off drugs that doesn't contribute to the pockets of big pharma lobbyists, especially when they're the ones creating the inflated prices with prohibition.

    October 28, 2011 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Smuggler

      Yes they prefer legal addiction...it pays well

      October 28, 2011 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
  11. Smuggler

    29.30 lbs ?? Wait I sent that B%$#@ over with 30 lbs. Where is my .70 lbs?

    October 28, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mungo32

    They're going to get some serious munchies and then the'll regret throwing out all that cake.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Izm

      Definitely no munchies with coke. The last thing they would want is cake.

      October 28, 2011 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
    • JLS

      Yes, because cocaine is famous for giving you the munchies... riiiiiight...

      October 28, 2011 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  13. TJ

    She's 18, why wouldn't she be charged as an adult?

    October 28, 2011 at 1:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. steve ukaegbu

    This question should be ask,what make you carry those drugs,what was your intention.because doing anything you must have a reason.thanks

    October 28, 2011 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. Aaron

    Guess that Betty Crocker wannabee was trying out some really new recipes.

    October 28, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
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