The Customs and Border Protection brought in its largest cocaine bust in history.
Officers seized cocaine in one enforcement action over the weekend that totaled over $11,800,000 in street value, according to their press release.
“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.”
The seizure occurred on August 26, 2022, at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge — which connects connects Laredo, TX with Columbia, Mexico over the Rio Grande –when an officer referred a 2016 Stoughton trailer manifesting a shipment of baby wipes for a secondary inspection.
The truck was referred for a canine and non-intrusive inspection system examination which resulted in CBP officers uncovering a whopping 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of alleged cocaine within the shipment.
The drugs had an estimated street value of $11,818,400.
CBP seized the narcotics. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents are conducting an investigation into the incident.