U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 1,532 pounds of cocaine last Friday, hidden in 1,935 packages disguised as baby wipes, according to US Customs and Border Patrol.
The narcotics had an estimated street value of $11,818,400.
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.
“Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry. “This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities.”
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Officials from CBP’s Office of Field Operations were confronted with a trailer attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with a shipment of baby wipes.
They made the discovery after referring the truck to a second, “non-intrusive inspection system examination” that included a canine.
CBP seized the narcotics. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the seizure.