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Trial Date Set For British Teen Accused Of Drug Trafficking

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(Source: CBS4) Ayesha Niles at her arraignment hearing on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.

(Source: CBS4) Ayesha Niles at her arraignment hearing on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011.

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A trial date has been set for a British teen accused of carrying 30 pounds of cocaine stuffed in boxes of cake mix at Miami International Airport.

Ayesha Niles, who turned 18 while in police custody, appeared in court Monday morning without her attorney. The judge set a tentative trial date of February 6th, 2012.

Her bond remains at $505,000.

Niles is charged with trafficking cocaine.

She told a judge on Friday she did not have any money and a public defender was assigned to defend her.

Niles is accused of carrying the drugs which had an estimated street value of $650,000.

On October 21, federal customs agents selected her suitcase for “secondary screening.” Inside her suitcase, authorities say they found approximately 30 pounds of powder cocaine in cake mix boxes.

Her arrest report states Niles was headed from Kingston, Jamaica, back home to London when she was stopped at the Miami International Airport

Niles told authorities she “did not question” the suspicious activity she was involved with. She confirmed that the 24 cake boxes were the same ones placed in her luggage in Jamaica.

If convicted, Niles faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 65 years.

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