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CBP Just Made the Largest Fentanyl Drug Bust in HISTORY At the Southwest Border

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Border agents just seized the largest stash of fentanyl ever recorded in CBP history – a whopping 254 pounds with a street value of more than $100 million.

The Arizona Republic reports the deadly opioids were seized at an Arizona point of entry after they were found being smuggled in an 18-wheeler carrying cucumbers.

"This is the largest fentanyl seizure in any port of entry," Guadulupe Ramirez, a Customs and Border Patrol Official, told the newspaper. "In CBP, in the history of CBP, this is the largest fentanyl seizure."

Along with the historic fentanyl cache, border agents also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine hidden inside the truck.

Another official said the drugs have been sent out for testing. The driver of the truck has been apprehended and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations.

"It has been sent for a chemical analysis so we won't know the purity until a much later date," said Nogales port director Michael Humphries.

Fentanyl is a deadly opioid up to 100 times more powerful than morphine, and has been blamed for helping spur the opioid overdose epidemic in the United States. The CDC estimates that roughly 9,500 people died in 2015 from opioids other than methodone, and that a majority of those deaths were due to illegally manufactured fentanyl.

 

 

 

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