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Great British Bake Off Host Was Arrested At Airport Over Suspicious White Powder (It Was Flour)

Drug-sniffing dogs were attracted to the smells coming from the British TV star's suitcase.

By Eric Shorey

Mary Berry, the eternally delightful judge of "The Great British Bake Off," recalled a time she was arrested at an airport after police found her luggage filled with suspicious white powders.

Berry, 83, is a beloved British author and television personality who has published over 75 cook books, covering a wide range of cuisines. Her appearances on "The Great British Bake Off," a reality competition show in which she often pronounced her love of pastries (and booze!), garnered her an adoring fanbase around the UK. The series gained an unexpected cult popularity internationally after it appeared on Netflix.

The endearing octogenarian discussed the harrowing memory of her detainment in a forthcoming interview on "The Graham Norton Show," which is set to air on the night of April 20 in the United Kingdom, according to Radio Times.

“I was arrested 25 years ago," said Berry. "I was going to the U.S. to do some cookery demonstrations and was worried that there might be problems so I weighed out all the ingredients – flour, sugar – and put them all in little plastic bags."

Drug sniffing dogs were immediately attracted to the smell of her suitcase.

“Suddenly I was surrounded by uniformed people and my assistant and I were put in separate cells. It was alarming," Berry continued.

But her answers to questions about the substances in her bag only made police more suspicious.

“When I was asked if was going to make money from the stuff, I said, ‘I do, and my fee has already been agreed.'”

Berry appears to have escaped the situation unharmed, once police were able to confirm that the powders were not in any way dangerous.

Berry left "The Great British Bake Off" for unspecified reasons in 2016. She'll be returning to television in a new BBC1 series, titled "Britain's Best Home Cook," according to Town And Country.

[Photo: Mary Berry by David M. Benett / Getty Images]