Texas officials file their biggest bust in 20 years with $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes

Texas border officials made their biggest drug blast in 20 years when they smuggled in nearly $12 million worth of cocaine disguised as baby wipes.

The drugs were seized last Friday at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge near the town of Laredo, 100 miles from San Antonio, after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers gave a second inspection of a 2016 Stoughton trailer.

They uncovered 1,935 packages containing nearly a tonne (1,532.65 pounds) of suspected cocaine in the shipment after they brought out the sniffer dogs and conducted a non-intrusive probe of the inspection system.

The border town of Laredo, which shares a border with its Mexican counterpart Nuevo Laredo, is a hotspot for drug smuggling into the United States.

Randy Howe, head of field operations at CBP’s Laredo field office, told Fox News it was a “colossal, record-breaking seizure.”

Texas border officials discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine

Texas border officials discovered 1,935 packages containing 1,532.65 pounds of suspected cocaine

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents are investigating the loot, which has an estimated street value of $11,818,400.

“This seizure is an excellent example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Port Director Alberto Flores.

“Officials assigned to CBP cargo facilities maintain effective border security by preventing and combating the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” he added.

Last month, more than half a million dollars worth of cocaine was seized from a truck attempting to enter the United States disguised as “juice” in the same city.

This bust was made at Laredo’s World Trade Bridge using the same methods of canine examination and non-contact inspection systems.

The drugs were seized at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge near Laredo last Friday when US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers gave a second inspection to a 2016 Stoughton trailer

The drugs were seized at the Colombia Solidarity Bridge near Laredo last Friday when US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers gave a second inspection to a 2016 Stoughton trailer

According to CBS, they discovered 38 packages containing 87 pounds of alleged cocaine in the trailer’s tires, valued at an estimated $600,000.

“Our CBP officers’ knowledge of concealment methods and technology played a key role in the discovery of these illegal narcotics,” Flores said in a statement at the time.

‘We remain committed to ensuring that our freight system remains secure while facilitating legitimate trade.’

CBP’s largest-ever drug bust was carried out further north in the Port of Philadelphia in June 2019.

Port agents discovered nearly 20 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $1.3 billion.

The container ship MSC Gayane had previously made stops in Peru, Colombia and the Bahamas on its way from Chile to Europe.

The MSC Gayane container ship was hijacked with $1.3 billion worth of cocaine in June 2019. It had previously stopped in Peru, Colombia and the Bahamas on its way from Chile to Europe

The MSC Gayane container ship was hijacked with $1.3 billion worth of cocaine in June 2019. It had previously stopped in Peru, Colombia and the Bahamas on its way from Chile to Europe

Stacks of cocaine bricks on display during a news conference at the US Custom House in Philadelphia to discuss details of the Port of Philly's historic cocaine bust on the MSC Gayane

Stacks of cocaine bricks on display during a news conference at the US Custom House in Philadelphia to discuss details of the Port of Philly’s historic cocaine bust on the MSC Gayane

Customs officials have seized nearly £200,000 of illegal narcotics since the start of the year, according to recent data.

Non-Intrusive Inspection (NII) System Inspection is a method CBS uses to inspect cargo without opening it, using large format X-ray and gamma-ray imaging systems and a variety of portable and handheld technologies.

“NII technologies are viewed as power multipliers, allowing us to inspect or examine more of the commercial traffic flow while facilitating the legitimate flow of trade, cargo and passengers,” the CBS writes on its website.

Although primarily used to detect drug smuggling along the southern border, it also serves to detect materials that pose a potential nuclear and radiological threat.

CBP currently has 309 large-scale NII systems deployed to and between US ports of entry to inspect cargo conveyances such as sea containers, commercial trucks and railcars, and privately owned vehicles.

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Andrew Kugle

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