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Vanilla, chocolate ... cocaine? Drugs disguised as cake seized from vehicle in Maine

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A New York man and a Maine woman were arrested in Gardiner after drug agents say they found a significant amount of cocaine disguised as a cake in their vehicle. (Photo: Maine Drug Enforcement Agency)

GARDINER, N.Y. (WGME) — A New York man and a Maine woman were arrested in New York after drug agents say they found a significant amount of cocaine disguised as a cake in their vehicle.

Agents say they had been investigating 25-year-old John "Papers" Cedeno in connection with the distribution of cocaine in the central Maine area.

Information received this week led agents to believe that Cedeno and Chelsy Cochran, 33, would be traveling to Maine in an Audi owned by Cochran.

On Tuesday, Maine Drug Enforcement agents seized more than four pounds of cocaine and $1,900 in cash from their car.

The street value of the cocaine is $200,000.

Police say more than two pounds of the cocaine was being disguised as cake. The cocaine was wrapped in cellophane with coffee grounds sprinkled on top.

Agents say coffee grounds are often used by drug traffickers to hide the scent of drugs from drug-detecting K9s.

Agents believe the drugs were being transported into Maine to be distributed throughout Kennebec and Somerset counties.

Cedeno and Cochran were taken to the Kennebec County Jail and charged with aggravated trafficking in schedule drugs.

Cedeno’s bail was set at $750,000 and Cochran’s bail was set at $50,000.

Agents say Cedeno had previously been charged in 2015 with aggravated drug trafficking relating to the sale of heroin. In 2016, he was convicted on this charge and received a four-year prison sentence.