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. Portland Tony

    So where can I buy a box?

    October 27, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. paul vail

    Can you imagine the poor mule who caught the same flight connecting to D.C.: No, Mayor Barry, I can't explain why all of your plain brown wrapped packages require the oven to be preheated to 350. Gotta be the wrong suitcase.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. StayGoldPonyboy

    There goes Charlie Sheens birthdaycake... XD

    October 27, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • J-Pap

      lol. Joke of the day.

      October 27, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Anon

    hahahaha, stupid idiot, that's what you get

    October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. DDXS

    Find the Kingpin

    She is a mule. She would not have the captial to finance that shipment, there is someone else involved. They should have let her go (with real cake mix of course) and followed it to its final destination and busted up that drug ring. No doubt someone else was on that flight to watch the shipment also.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. the Prophet

    Good thanks benasy...

    October 27, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the Prophet

    @DDXS very good intuitions

    October 27, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kat

    She knew exactly what was in those boxes. They thought if she got caught she'd get off on a light sentence because of her age. She chose to participate in illegal activity, so give her the max penalty. She can do lots of baking in prison.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. zoundsman

    Pretty dumb (coke-ed out' logic'). As if a bunch of cake mix boxes was a la-dee-da thing in your baggage.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Maddox

    The contempt is for the poster, not the message, which of course was posted by someone who forgot the tin-foil hat that supposed to keep the voices quiet. Pretty much makes anything it says suspect to the bs litmus test.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Big John

    I read some of you saying that she should not have stopped in Miami but went straight to England. My thought is, Miami was likely the drop point for the coke, then she was off to London. It's just a guess, but since Miami is a risk, why trudge the stuff through there unless that was where it was headed!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JR

    Very unfortunate for this young girl, but she's old enough to know better. Hasn't she ever watched "Locked Up Abroad" on television? That show will make you think twice!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J-Pap

    Would have been easier to board a cruise into miami. But really, who brings cake mix on a plane. Retard!!!

    October 27, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DooshLaRooush

    give her 20 years

    October 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Maddox

    Yeah, one can trust you-tube as your news source. Totally.
    Google keywords: Philip+Mary+nuts for further info. Also You tube 'Foamy the Squirrel' for true entertainment from the ranting edge.

    October 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
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