Cocaine Found Hidden in Chocolate Candies

Published: 01 May 2023

Drugs in CandyA chemical reagent reacted with cocaine that was present in chocolate candy. (Photo: Policia Federal, License)

By Vinicius Madureira

After Mexico seized nearly nine tonnes of liquid methamphetamine hidden in tequila bottles this week, Brazil has now caught a French national smuggling eight kilograms of cocaine hidden in chocolate candies at Rio de Janeiro International Airport.

The 19-year-old woman was arrested on Tuesday after she was found to be carrying the cocaine in 500 candies from a traditional Brazilian chocolate brand that holds a significant market share of individual chocolates in the country.

The young woman intended to board a commercial flight that would make a stopover in Paris, France, before heading to her final destination in Nice, a city located on the French Riviera, a region known for its luxury and sophistication.

The suspect was arrested and faces charges of transnational drug trafficking, which carries a maximum sentence of up to 15 years in prison.