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Officials: Man at airport had 10 pounds of cocaine in food at Newark Airport

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A man was arrested after police say he tried smuggling drugs into the country in food. (Department of Homeland Services)

A man was arrested after police say he tried smuggling drugs into the country in food. (Department of Homeland Services)

NEWARK, N.J. — Authorities say a 48-year-old New Jersey man returning from Peru was stopped at Newark Liberty International Airport with 10 pounds of cocaine stuffed inside food products.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Anthony Bucci said that William Anthony Sanchez, of Newark, was stopped on Sunday after officers found food, drinks and 88 Oxycodone pills in his checked back.

Bucci says officers then found about 10 pounds of cocaine inside of nougat cakes, bags of coffee and powdered drinks.

A man was arrested after police say he tried smuggling drugs into the country in food. (Department of Homeland Services)

A man was arrested after police say he tried smuggling drugs into the country in food. (Department of Homeland Services)

Officials say the drugs had an estimated street value of $170,000.

Sanchez was turned over to the Port Authority Police Department and faces drug smuggling charges.  He will

It wasn’t immediately clear if he had an attorney to comment on his behalf.

He was being held at the Essex County Jail on $250,000 bail.