Half a million $ in cocaine stashed in shipment of cotton candy

Updated May 14, 2024
Cocaine seized at Mexico-U.S. border
Cocaine seized in a shipment of cotton candy
U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

 U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations officers at World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas seized almost half a million dollars worth of cocaine hidden within a tractor-trailer hauling cotton candy. 

The seizure occurred on Thursday, May 9, at World Trade Bridge, when a CBP officer referred a tractor-trailer hauling a shipment of cotton candy for secondary inspection. Following a non-intrusive inspection system examination and deployment of CBP canines, CBP officers discovered 15 packages containing a total of 37 pounds of alleged cocaine hidden within the conveyance.

The narcotics had a street value of $496,879.

CBP seized the narcotics. Homeland Security Investigations special agents are investigating the seizure.

“Our frontline officers continue to maintain resolute vigilance and that dedication to the mission coupled with an effective use of technology resulted in the interception of a significant amount of cocaine,” said Port Director Albert Flores. “Seizures like these reinforce the importance and necessity of our ongoing border security mission.”