Man busted at JFK with cocaine hidden in powdered custard

Posted at 1:19 PM, May 07, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-07 14:10:47-04
Cocaine powdered custard

Officials say they found nearly 18 lbs. of cocaine hidden inside bags of powdered custard in a passenger’s luggage. (CBP)

JAMAICA, New York (PIX11) — Why would you fly to New York City with eight bags of powdered custard?

That was a question that likely led to the arrest of a passenger at John F. Kenndy International Airport after U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers reported finding nearly 18 lbs. of cocaine hidden inside his luggage.

Officers arrested Godfrey Cassius April 22 when he arrived on a flight from Georgetown, Guyana.  Cassius allegedly had 17.9 lbs. of cocaine hidden in bags of “Champion” flan powder.

The motto on the bags of Champion-brand custard read “Always a winner.”

When they opened the bags, officials say, they smelled a “strong chemical odor” coming from the white powder which later tested positive for cocaine.

The street value of the contraband custard was estimated at $300,000.

“Cocaine is a dangerous narcotic, and CBP does its part in keeping these drugs off the streets.” said Robert E. Perez, Director of CBP’s New York Field Operations.  “Our Officers are determined to protect the American people from these illicit substances.”

Cassius now faces federal narcotics smuggling charges and will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the U.S. Eastern District Court of New York.