TRENTON — While police in the state have been warning parents to watch out for marijuana candies this Halloween, immigration officials confiscated something far more dangerous: chocolate heroin.

A Guatemala man on Thursday confessed in federal court to trying to smuggle three kilograms of heroin that had been hidden in chocolate.

Jacobo Leonel Orellana-Estrada, 21, was stopped at Newark Liberty International Airport on June 11 by U.S. Customs and Border Protection who found the drugs in his bag.

The chocolate heroin appeared to be six single-layer chocolate cakes wrapped in paper, immigration officials said.

He pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute more than one kilogram of heroin, a charge that carries a possible sentence of up to life in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for January.

Sergio Bichao is deputy digital editor at New Jersey 101.5. Send him news tips: Call 609-359-5348 or email

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