Baby wipes turn into 11.8 million dollars of cocaine


Te'kail Barnes, Writer

U.S Officers found more than 1,500 pounds of cocaine hidden in a shipment of baby wipes. According to the NPR, “Officials say a CBP officer at the Laredo-Colombia Solidarity Bridge stopped a tractor-trailer bringing in a shipment of baby wipes for a secondary inspection.” After the inspection with drug sniffing dogs, they discovered what CBP said and described as 1,935 packages totaling about 1,532 pounds of cocaine. This is a record setting and it’s the largest cocaine bust in about 20 years! If you did not know cocaine is a powerful addictive drug that many use and snort. Cocaine can be used for valid medical purposes, like anesthesia for surgeries but overall cocaine is very illegal. The agency said all of the cocaine totaled to about 11.8 million dollars. “Officers assigned to CBP cargo facilities ensure effective border security by preventing and countering the flow of suspected narcotics entering the country,” said Albert Flores in a new release. Albert Flores is the port director for the Laredo Port of Entry. Albert added, “This seizure is a prime example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” and I agree completely. According to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, special agents are currently investigating the seizure according to the release.  In conclusion, thank goodness they discovered that flight, if they had not the drug trade would have expanded and I am very proud of the CBP employees for helping out communities and keeping our communities safe!