Sometimes what you see isn’t always what you get and that’s exactly what happened to local authorities who were shocked when a large shipment of baby wipes turned out to be a front for drug smuggling. According to recent reports, a jaw-dropping $11.8 million of cocaine was found inside a shipment of baby wipes at the U.S.-Mexico border, which is said to be the largest in two decades.
At the U.S.-Mexico border, specifically, the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity International Bridge, close to 2,000 packages of baby wipes were seized inside a large shipment…for reasons no one could have ever suspected. @CBSNews reports, during their routine check, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered almost $12 million worth of cocaine inside the baby wipe shipment, an amount that is said to be the largest drug bust in the last 20 years. The cocaine amounted to a whopping 1,500 pounds discreetly tucked away, according to border agents.
Additionally, while conducting a “non-intrusive” examination involving drug dogs, it was discovered that 1,935 packages found inside the 2016 Stoughton trailer contained almost as many pounds of cocaine. Port Director Alberto Flores explained the drug seizure, saying “Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country.”
He continued, adding “This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities.” As of now, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations has enlisted special agents to thoroughly investigate the drug bust.