Agents Just Seized Biggest Load Of Fentanyl In U.S. History, Found In Mexican Semi
Nogales, Arizona – U.S. Border Patrol (CBP) made the largest fentanyl drug bust in U.S. history on January 28, according to officials.
In a memo, CBP outlines the details of the discovery. According to officials, a tractor-trailer was attempting to gain entry into the U.S. through a port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. Agents became suspicious of the truck.
Upon searching the tractor-trailer, agents discovered 114 kilograms (252 pounds) of fentanyl, 179 kilograms (395 pounds) of methamphetamine, and 2 pounds of fentanyl in pill form hidden in compartments in the floor of the truck.
A 26-year-old Mexican national attempted to drive the drugs across the border. The driver of the vehicle was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who charged him with two counts of 21 USC 841, possession with intent to distribute. The suspect was a part of the DHS’s trusted traveler program called FAST, which stands for free and secure trade for commercial vehicles.
CBP officials said the seizure was the largest fentanyl bust in U.S. history. According to authorities, the amount seized was enough to deliver fatal doses to 57 million people. To put this in perspective, that’s enough to kill the entire populations of Texas, Arizona and New York state combined.
Officials estimate the street value for the fentanyl at over $102 million.