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. oneSTARman

    It was an Honest – Simple – SPELLING ERROR That's All....

    October 27, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. just me

    "Let them snort cake" is very funny. You are sharp.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Baking Girl

    Her mistake was that she used boxes labeled “Devil’s Food”, not thinking that the cocaine was the wrong color. Should have used “White” cake mix boxes.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. carlos

    That was my delivery, i was going to use it for school bake sale.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RICK JAMES

    cocaine is a hell of a drug.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kevin O.

    "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" - Um....duh. Of course she'll be tried as an adult. It probably isn't even good cocaine as Jamaicans are HORRIBLE at processing cocaine. Simply HORRIBLE.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    DRUGS ARE BAD UMK?

    October 27, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vezalo

    Great cake mom, but why is my mouth numb?

    October 27, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Deep North

    30 lbs of Coke.....I didn't know!

    October 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  10. wakeups

    yeah: "i just thought it was cake mix, I didn't know any better!" good luck with that.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Goodguy1

    They put it in my bag in Jamaica, but I did not know about it.....hmmmmmmmmmmm?????????

    October 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. yummers

    Mummy, this cake is deliciousssss

    October 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny

    She is just turning 18 and is not yet mentally in a position to realize how unusual it is for someone to ask you to take 24 boxes of cake mix on an overseas flight to some friend or relative in London from Jamaica. It may take 10 or 15 years for it to sink in. Give her TIME and she wil figure it out LOL.

    October 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alan

    how stupid can you get

    October 27, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  15. 11BravoPapa

    Funny how she is an 18 year old woman because she was arrested. If she would have been a victim of a crime she would have been an 18 year old girl or teenager. Funny how the media works

    October 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
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