U.S. Customs and Border Safety
U.S. Customs and Border Safety officers found greater than 1,500 kilos of cocaine hidden in a spot the place you’ll least count on it: a cargo of child wipes.
The narcotics seizure occurred final Friday on the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Worldwide Bridge, in response to the company in a information launch. The bridge, situated on the U.S.-Mexico border, connects Laredo, Texas over the Rio Grande with the Mexican state of Nuevo León.
Officers say a CBP officer on the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Bridge stopped a tractor-trailer bringing in a cargo of child wipes for a secondary inspection.
Following the inspection, drug-sniffing canines made the invention of what CBP described as 1,935 packages of cocaine totaling 1,532 kilos.
Colossal, report setting seizure. Largest Cocaine bust in 20 years! The Laredo Port of Entry seizes over 1,500 kilos of cocaine from Transnational Legal Organizations! Extraordinarily pleased with our @CBP workers for maintaining our communities secure. pic.twitter.com/WKDAFD4zIm
— Director, Area Operations, Randy Howe (@DFOLaredo) August 29, 2022
The company says the estimated road worth of the seized cocaine totaled greater than $11.8 million.
“Officers assigned to CBP cargo amenities guarantee efficient border safety by stopping and countering the circulate of suspected narcotics getting into the nation,” stated Alberto Flores, the port director for the Laredo Port of Entry, in a information launch.
“This seizure is a main instance of border safety administration and the way it helps stop harmful narcotics from reaching our communities,” he added.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Safety Investigations say particular brokers are investigating the seizure, in response to the discharge.