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. Joey

    24 boxes of f@#*@!$ cake mix? R u kiddin' me? How she even got on the plane is beyond me. I think she should get 10 to 15 years & time off for schooling & good behavior.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dennis

    Can't have ur cake and eat it too!
    Typical African...all about the $$$, Fo sho!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. stymie

    Jail or swim with the fishes.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT (kcmo resident and smoker of fine purple kush)

    THAT would have been one heck of a cake...

    October 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Shawn

    She wasn't smuggling, she was just going to use it to make Charlie Sheen's birthday cake.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mazeandblue

    Got milk.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. us1776

    End the stupid drug prohibition which as you see does absolutely nothing to prevent drugs from being marketed.

    And start collecting taxes on the sale of people's intoxicant of choice. This is how the entire US govt was funded centuries ago. All vices were permitted and they were taxed and it generated huge amounts of revenue for the government. Just think if all the drug-cartel money was being taxed. It would be a huge contribution.

    .

    October 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. m dennis

    Got MILK...

    October 27, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Fookin' Prawn

    "When the dude in Jamaica gave those boxes to me, I just thought 'take this coke, mon' meant 'take this cake, man'. You know how their accents are."

    October 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. onyx

    Why did she have to go thru Miami???

    October 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • vanny

      i was wondering the same thing, worst place to start!

      October 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marion Berry

    There goes my Birthday Cake....dang!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @the Prophet:
    I am well.
    And you?

    October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Necrofun

    The War on Drugs has finally ended.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  14. geils

    Great! Way to go TSA!!! HA HA HA

    October 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. james

    Simply typo on the boxes..it should have said coke boxes.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
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