U.S. Border Officials Seize $11 Million Worth Of Cocaine Disguised As Shipment Of Baby Wipes

Officials at the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Bridge found 1,935 bricks of the drug, for a total weighing three-quarters of a ton.
Officials found a shipment at the U.S.-Mexico border comprising 1,935 packages of cocaine.
Officials found a shipment at the U.S.-Mexico border comprising 1,935 packages of cocaine.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 1,532 pounds of cocaine last Friday, hidden in 1,935 packages masquerading as baby wipes, according to NPR. The agency estimated the street value of the shipment at over $11 million.

The CBP announced in a release Monday that the seizure occurred at the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Bridge, which spans the Rio Grande to connect Laredo, Texas, with Nuevo León in Mexico. The shipment was only found when officers had second thoughts about a particular vehicle.

Officials from CBP’s Office of Field Operations were confronted with a 2016 trailer attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with a supposed shipment of baby wipes. They made the discovery after referring the truck to a second, “non-intrusive inspection system examination” that included a canine.

The shipment weighed in at 1,532 pounds and has been estimated to carry a street value of $11,828,400. The CBP said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking into the matter.

“This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” Alberto Flores, the Laredo Port of Entry director, said in the agency’s news release.

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