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. Native Warrior

    yes this american law enforcement thinks true heroic to bust people on the drugs, law enforcement staffs does do drugs the same thing there no difference! i know people are frustration with no jobs because of Government are playin roles while in war.. cut educations, and millions staffs had loss the jobs and now people look for money that mean they take risk to carry the drugs and major in criminal.. that why i call US Governments are DUMB!

    October 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Where are you from? Apparently not the US given your grammar and all. So you think the government is dumb because they caught this person with drugs? Really? Get the h**l out of my country back to where you are from. She was English, not American. It is illegal to have drugs and she got caught and then claimed they were placed in her bag. Really? Don't they tell you to report things like people asking you to carry bags and things?
      If you don't like this, Native, leave. Go learn proper grammar and English and quit commenting about a country you care nothing about. Also, not all law enforcement do drugs. Idiot.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Homey Don't Play Dat

      It seems to me that "cut educations" explains your life story in just two words.

      October 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. erock

    there goes her 20's : ( cake boxes?? really???

    October 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. HL

    ...tax sales (like all "sin taxes"), cut out middle-men (as with Prohibition gangsters), and end the blindingly stupid budget dismay!


    ...try relearning history, morons.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Santa Fean

    How many people died this last year from LEGAL pharmaceuticals? Big Pharma is the real criminal.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |

    give her a break. its a special cake mix only available in jamaica. one lb flower, one tsp baking podwer, 30lbs sugar (aka cocaine). sad really, as she was all set to appear on londons hottest cooking show..."cooking with crack".

    October 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Real talk

    There was actually 47 lbs on the plane sniff

    October 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sheeshee31

    Really??? And, murderers get to go free... Justice system all messed up.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Heather

    This just proves that there really is a Father Ted episode for everything –

    Mrs Doyle: There's always time for a nice cup of tea. Sure, didn't the Lord himself pause for a nice cup of tea before giving himself up for the world.
    Father Ted: No, he didn't, Mrs Doyle!
    Mrs Doyle: Well, whatever the equivalent they had for tea in those days, cake or something. And speaking of cake, I have cake!
    [holds up a cupcake]
    Father Ted: No, thanks, Mrs Doyle.
    Mrs Doyle: Are you sure, Father? There's cocaine in it!
    Father Ted: WHAT?
    Mrs Doyle: Oh, no, not cocaine. God, what am I on about. No, what d'you call them. Raisins.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A

    Stupid is as stupid does...

    October 27, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Homey Don't Play Dat

    Wow! It is amazing she got caught! Lots of people travel internationally with 10, 20, 30, even 50 boxes of cake mix. That is completely normal behavior.

    October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  11. betty

    I think it was the Pillsbery Blowboy brand

    October 27, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Joe

    Does anyone really think an 18 year old is some drug kingpin. Obviously her life or family was threatened to do this. The law is likely hoping under threat of prison time she will give up names.....which she won't or her family will be killed. Poor girl, this type of crap happens all the time. About time we get the navy seals involved and start whiping out these cartels south of the border. Kill them all.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. betty

    There is a cooking recipe on the back of the Betty Crackhead Box

    October 27, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Synapse

    Those pancakes would get you going, in the morning. No need for Starbucks.

    October 27, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Synapse

      The Devil's Dandruff is bad boogie

      October 27, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Karl

    Y'Know when you're bringing more than 1 box of cake mix across the border, you're bound to raise some red flags... bout as bright as mailing a brick to your customers.

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