Feds make largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history at the Arizona border

The perp crossed the Arizona border, “his identity and nationality were not immediately available”. Who are they kidding? Build that wall, Mr. President.

The sensitive nose of a drug-sniffing dog has led to what federal officials say is the largest seizure in U.S. history of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for the majority of overdose deaths.

Customs and Border Protection officers said Thursday they discovered 254 pounds of the drug hidden in a floor compartment of a truck loaded with cucumbers. They also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine.

CBP valued the fentanyl at $3.5 million and the methamphetamine at $1.1 million.

The seizure was more twice the size of the apparent previous record of 118 pounds which was found in a truck stopped by state troopers in Nebraska in 2017.

In the latest case, the tractor-trailer was stopped Saturday trying to enter the U.S. through the border checkpoint in Nogales, Arizona.

Authorities said it was driven by a 26-year-old man who was arrested and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them. His identity and nationality were not immediately available.

Michael Humphries, Nogales Area Port Director, praised his staff for the record-breaking arrest.

“Their attention to small details that is necessary to make these types of seizures is incredible.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said fentanyl was responsible for more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017, the latest year for which figures are available.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, the drug is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.

“Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl — which often results in overdose deaths,” the FDA said.

Most of the illicitly produced fentanyl in the United States comes from Mexico.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/feds-make-largest-fentanyl-bust-u-s-history-n965486

I’m glad this made the news. Kudos to Customs and Border Patrol. Extra kudos to the border patrol who stayed on the job in spite of the democrats playing hardball with their livelihood.

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We can free up more border guards for checking vehicles when we have a wall.

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The caravans would stop if the lame jazz congress would change the asylum laws to limit asylum to people really in need instead of the entire country of Nicaragua and Honduras.

I really think there should be a US territory where those seeking asylum go. Keep them out of US states until they have demonstrated for - say … 5 years - that they are 100% self sufficient and a responsible citizen in the territory. It can be our pearl of industry territory with talented and motivated asylum seekers doing the work, the engineering, the medical care… the low skill and high skill work. They stay there until they can be brought to the states with no risk and no burden on citizens.

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Good catch. Glad to see border security doing their jobs.

We can make it easier on em if libs weren’t so interested in campaign funds from drug cartel.

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That 254# of fentanyl would of made these fuckers millions upon millions…even if it killed thousands

Exactly, it’s a force multiplier. There’s also the simple problem that with over half of our border open if we move current agents to the ports to concentrate more on them without putting up the barriers, the cartels will just instantly shift from vehicle transport through the ports to foot/light vehicle/aircraft in more remote areas.