John Cedeno (top right) and Chelsy Cochran (bottom right) were arrested after a drug-sniffing dog found cocaine disguised in a marble cake in their trunk (Pictures: Maine Drug Enforcement Agency)

A drug-sniffing dog found hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine disguised as a marble cake in the trunk of a car. Two pounds of cocaine were concealed in a tray of cake with coffee grounds to help hide the scent – but the culprits were unable to outsmart the sniffer dog.

Police stopped a car with a man and a woman on Interstate 295 in Gardiner, Maine, on Tuesday after receiving an anonymous tip earlier this week, the Main Drug Enforcement Agency said in a press release.

‘A Maine State Police K9 conducted a drug sniff of the car following the stop and indicated the presence of illegal drugs,’ the release stated.

In total, four pounds of cocaine worth $200,000 were found in the vehicle, and about half of it was hidden in the cake. An image of the cake showed part of the wrapper pealed open to reveal white frosting with what appeared to be the coffee grounds sprinkled across the top.

Maine authorities found four pounds of cocaine with a street value of $200,000, about half of it concealed in a cake, as well as $1,900 in cash (Picture: Maine Drug Enforcement Agency)

The agency stated that it also seized $1,900 in cash ‘believed to be the proceeds of illegal drug sales’. Authorities believe that the man and woman were transporting the drugs into Maine to redistribute in Kennebec and Somerset counties.

John Cedeno, 25, of New York City, and Chelsy Cochran, 33, of Winslow, Maine, were arrested and face charges of aggravated trafficking. They were booked at Kennebec County Jail with bail set at $750,000 for Cedeno and $50,000 for Cochran. It was not immediately known if they had attorneys representing them.

Cedeno was previously charged in Maine with aggravated drug trafficking related to the sale of heroin in 2015. He was convicted of the charge in 2016 and was sentenced to four years in prison.

Anyone with information on the drug bust is asked to call the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency’s tip line.

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