Maine cops seize 4 pounds of cocaine disguised as cake, New Yorker arrested

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This bust was a piece of cake.

Police in Maine discovered 4 pounds of cocaine being passed off as cake and arrested two people Tuesday.

John Cedeno, a 25-year-old New York City man, and Chelsy Cochran, a 33-year-old Mainer, had the coke in their car as they were driving into Gardiner, the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency said in a Facebook post.

The cops were already investigating Cedeno, suspecting that he was distributing “considerable amounts of cocaine” in central Maine, according to the post. They got a tip that he’d be in the area and riding in an Audi owned and driven by Cochran.

State police pulled them over in Gardiner, about 40 miles northeast of Portland, and brought in a dog to search the car, the Maine DEA said. The K9 discovered the cocaine wrapped in a cellophane cake box with coffee grounds, and cops estimated its street value at $200,000.

Cedeno was held on $750,000 bail, while Cochran’s bail was set at $50,000, police said. In 2016, Cedeno pleaded guilty to one drug trafficking charge and took a 4-year prison sentence after cops found him in a home with nearly 40 grams of heroin.

The Maine DEA said its investigation is ongoing and could lead to more arrests.

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