A shipment of baby wipes bound for the United States turned out to be something less soothing: $11.8 million in cocaine.
CBP officers from the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stalled a trailer truck at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge that claimed to be transporting only “baby wipes.” A higher-level inspection was performed on the truck.
A dog and “non-intrusive inspection system” used to search the tractor-trailer discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine.
According to authorities, the drugs had a street value of $11,818,400.
“This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Laredo Port of Entry Director Alberto Flores.
Special agents from the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) are investigating the seizure.