Cruise passengers tried to traffic cocaine in bags of Cheetos: authorities

Passengers are accused of smuggling cocaine inside bags of Cheetos.
Photo credit National Crime Agency UK
By 1010 WINS

MADEIRA, Portugal (1010 WINS) -- Cheetos come in many forms; crunchy, chipotle, ranch, flamin' hot.

Some people on a cruise ship had their own style -- cocaine Cheetos.

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British police arrested a dozen people over the weekend for allegedly trafficking in cocaine they kept in Cheetos bags and ceramic bowls.

Authorities seized 40 lbs along with cash and cell phones.

“We believe this operation will have seriously disrupted an organized crime group looking to traffic cocaine into the UK and Europe,” said Allan Round, NCA operations manager at the Joint Border Intelligence Unit, in its statement. “Working with our Portuguese colleagues we have been able to act on intelligence at speed and prevent this quantity of drugs from reaching its final destination.”

They were arrested in Portugal and will be tried in that country. Four people had just arrived from the Caribbean on the MSC Opera, and had booked travel from Madeira to various locations in Europe.

The 18 kilograms that were seized had a street value of $2.6 million.

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