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Officers seize a shipment of baby wipes that turned out to be $11.8 million worth of cocaine

By Zoe Sottile, CNN

(CNN) — A shipment of baby wipes at the US-Mexico border turned out to be something quite different: $11.8 million worth of cocaine.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized the narcotics on Friday at the Colombia-Solidarity Bridge, according to a Monday press release. The bridge connects Texas and the Mexican state of Nuevo Laredo over the Rio Grande, just north of Laredo, Texas.

Officers from CBP’s Office of Field Operations sent a trailer truck, which claimed to carry only baby wipes, for a second inspection. Then, a canine and “non-intrusive” inspection resulted in the discovery of 1,935 packages containing approximately 1,533 pounds of suspected cocaine, the statement said.

“This seizure is a great example of border security management and how it helps prevent dangerous narcotics from reaching our communities,” said Alberto Flores, port manager at the Laredo Port of Entry, in the press release.

Officers seized the narcotics and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security investigations are investigating the seizure, the statement said.

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