CROYDON, England – A Spanish drug smuggler was jailed in the UK after trying to take nearly $880,000 worth of cocaine into the country inside Snickers bars.
Sniffer dogs at London's Gatwick airport detected Ivan Sacido's stash in January after he arrived on a flight from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago.
Officers who searched the 39-year-old's luggage found more than two kilograms worth of 100 percent pure cocaine concealed inside authentic-looking candy bars, the Crawley Observer reported Thursday.
Croydon Crown Court heard earlier this month that Sacido, from Madrid, was offered $7,885 to carry out what UK Border Agency officials described "a sophisticated smuggling attempt."
Sacido pleaded guilty to a charge of importing a class A drug and was sentenced to five years and three months behind bars.
Peter Avery, of the UK Border Agency, said, "The potential danger to the public is always increased when drugs are hidden inside food or drink packaging in this way."