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BY: Charles Fain Lehman
U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Thursday the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency's history.
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Michael Humphreys, Area Port Director for the Nogales Port of Entry, told the press that CBP officers had seized 254 pounds of fentanyl and 395 pounds of methamphetamine at the Nogales port on Saturday morning. The latter amount accounts for 20 percent of all the fentanyl seized in FY 2017 along the entire southwestern border.
According to Humphreys, the drugs were concealed in a tractor-trailer, driven by a 26-year-old Mexican national, that attempted to cross under the pretense of transporting produce. After being alerted by an inspection system, CBP officers investigated the truck and unearthed a hidden section beneath the trailer's floor.
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They extracted from it a hundred packages of fentanyl, most in powder form, but ten in pre-pressed pill form, likely to be distributed as counterfeit pharmaceuticals. The fentanyl was collectively worth 3.5 million dollars, according to CBP's estimate. The methamphetamine—in 300 packages—was worth an additional 1.18 million dollars.
The size of the seizure indicates the...
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