Customs and Border Protection seize $11.8 million in narcotics disguised as a shipment of baby wipes – ‘biggest cocaine spill in 20 years’

On Friday, US Customs and Border Protection officers discovered a record-breaking amount of cocaine disguised as a shipment of baby wipes.

The seizure occurred at the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge, a bridge that spans the Rio Grande River and connects Laredo, Texas, with Colombia, a municipality in Mexico.

in one press releasethe department said the narcotics had a street value of $11.8 million.

An officer has requested that a 2016 Stoughton trailer believed to be carrying baby wipes be subjected to a second inspection. The agency used a drug-sensing dog and a non-contact inspection system to further investigate the contents of the shipment.

Inside the trailer, Customs and Border Protection officers discovered 1,935 packages of suspected cocaine disguised as baby wipes.

“Officials assigned to CBP cargo facilities maintain effective border security by preventing and combating the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Alberto Flores, director of 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.”

Randy Howe, chief of field operations for the Laredo Branch of Customs and Border Protection, tweeted Monday that the seizure had led to the interception of more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine.

Howe wrote it was a “record-breaking seizure” and the “biggest cocaine bust in 20 years”!


Howe also tweeted a seven-day summary on Aug. 22, in which he highlighted narcotics and other illegal items seized by officers at the port of entry during the week. He stated that Laredo officers intercepted 98 pounds of fentanyl and 1,501 pounds of methamphetamine during that time. Howe estimated the street value of the narcotics at about $21 million.

According to US Customs and Border Protection Drug seizure statistics, the Laredo Field Office and Sector, seized over 49,000 pounds of narcotics from October 2021 to July 2022. Most of those seizures involved methamphetamines and approximately £6,600 was cocaine.

https://www.theblaze.com/news/customs-and-border-protection-seizes-11-8-million-worth-of-narcotics-disguised-as-a-shipment-of-baby-wipes-largest-cocaine-bust-in-20-years Customs and Border Protection seize $11.8 million in narcotics disguised as a shipment of baby wipes – ‘biggest cocaine spill in 20 years’

Laura Coffey

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