San Antonio Express-News
Border patrol officers busted a “colossal, record setting” amount of cocaine in Laredo last week, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Director Randy Howe reported on Monday, August 29. Officials reportedly found more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine in an unlikely place: a shipment of baby wipes.
Howe said the bust was the largest in 20 years at the Laredo Field Office, which includes eight ports of entry extending from Brownsville to Del Rio.
CBP said in a press release that an officer at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge on Friday, August 26, referred the trailer reportedly carrying the shipment of baby wipes for a secondary inspection, where drug-sniffing dogs and a non-intrusive inspection system examination revealed the narcotics. A press release states that the street value of the drugs is more than $11.8 million.
“Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Laredo Port of Entry Director Alberto Flores, “This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities.”
Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents are continuing to investigate.
CBP also reported that on Thursday, August 25, CBP officials at the Brownsville Port of Entry busted nearly 10 pounds of concaine, which officials said is worth $71,000. At the Santa Teresa border crossing in El Paso on Saturday, August 27, a woman was found to be carrying nearly 23 pounds of cocaine.
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