Ayesha Niles, a London minor returning home from a trip to Jamaica was arrested during her flight stopover in Miami on Friday, Oct. 28 after 24 boxes of cake mix in her luggage were found to contain almost 30 pounds of cocaine worth an estimated street value of $650,000.
Niles, 17 at the time of the crime, told airport customs agents that someone else put the boxes in her luggage in Jamaica and she had no idea what they contained. She was arrested anyway on trafficking of cocaine CNN reported, as well as transporting a controlled substance. She will be tried as an adult given the seriousness of the crime and the fact she turns 18 this week.
The London woman is looking at a possible total of 30 years in prison if convicted on both charges. Each charge carries a potential maximum penalty of 15 years. Ayesha Niles isn’t the only unusual-aged person to be arrested this week for allegedly trafficking in cocaine. Leo Sharp, an 87-year-old American was arrested for having approximately $3 million dollars worth of cocaine in his vehicle when stopped for a traffic violation near Ann Arbor. And a former DEA supervisor is warning that profiling of drug cartel trafficking is probably going to include the elderly in the future. For more about that and drug trafficking cases in the news see the links directly below.
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“87-Year-Old Vet arrested for cocaine trafficking”
“Former DEA supervisor warns of drug cartel profiling to come”