Arizona border agents seize 1.2 million fentanyl tablets
On Wednesday, Border Patrol agents at the Port of Nogales, Arizona stopped more than 1.2 million fentanyl pills and four pounds of fentanyl powder from entering the United States.
Port Director Michael W. Humphries, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, gave a breakdown of the drug acquisition Thursday.
« CBP officers stopped two shipments on Wednesday, » Humphries said on Twitter. “The first shipment contained approximately 541,000 fentanyl tablets, 4 pounds of fentanyl powder and 37.55 pounds of methamphetamine concealed in the doors and rear panels of the cars. Seven hours later, approximately 689,200 fentanyl tablets were found hidden in a vehicle. »
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Just five days earlier, Humphries reported a seizure of 230,600 fentanyl pills from the spare tire in a wheel well of a car, and another 832,000 fentanyl pills from another vehicle attempting to enter to the United States through the port of Nogales.
Fentanyl seizures at the US border with Mexico have continued to increase this year.
US Attorney Randy Grossman issued a press release in August, stating, “The amount of fentanyl we are seizing at the border is staggering.
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The comments came as the Department of Justice revealed that several Southern California ports were at the center of an increase in fentanyl seizures at the border, where about 60% of seizures of the deadly drug took place in 2022.
But that increase has been seen at ports all along the border, with law enforcement on both sides of the southern border seeing record drops in 2022.
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Law enforcement officials have warned of a rise in deaths linked to the illicit drug, which is 100 times more potent than morphine and can be deadly in small amounts. The drug is created primarily in Mexico using precursors from China and then transferred across the land border into the United States.