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‘Colossal, record setting seizure’ — $11.8 million worth of cocaine seized from truckload of baby wipes


Officers with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized more than 1500 pounds of cocaine from a semi trailer over the weekend.

The drug bust occurred on Friday, August 26, 2022, at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge in Laredo, Texas.

CBP officers referred a truck manifesting a shipment of baby wipes for a secondary inspection.

Using a canine unit and the facility’s non-intrusive inspection system, officers discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.

The estimated street value of the cocaine is $11,818,400, according to CBP.

The drugs were seized by CBP.

The investigation is being handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.

“Colossal, record setting seizure. Largest Cocaine bust in 20 years! The Laredo Port of Entry seizes over 1,500 pounds of cocaine from Transnational Criminal Organizations! Extremely proud of our @CBP employees for keeping our communities safe,” said Laredo Port of Entry Director of Field Operations Randy Howe.

“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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