Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Customs and Border Protections makes largest fentanyl bust in history

US Customs and Border Protections makes largest fentanyl bust in history

A Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Saturday with enough fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans, according to an internal memo first reported on Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight".

CBP officials said they captured almost 254 pounds (114kg) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a secret compartment inside a truck carrying a load of Mexican produce heading into U.S. at the Nogales border crossing in Arizona (inset).

A CBP canine team searched the truck, and officers opened the false floor compartment to find 400 packages of narcotics - an estimated $3.5 million worth of fentanyl and $1.1 million worth of methamphetamine.

Agents also seized 395 pounds of methamphetamine, with a street value of about $1.5 million, the Associated Press said.

An opioid used to manage chronic pain, fentanyl is 80 to 100 times stronger than morphine, KOLD-TV said.

The seizure, he added, had prevented an immeasurable number of doses of the drug that "could have harmed so many families". But Chinese fentanyl is sometimes sent to criminal groups in Mexico or Canada and smuggled across the border, the report said.

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"In CBP, in the history of CBP, this is the largest fentanyl seizure".

The bust came as President Donald Trump has demanded Congress give him $5.7 billion to build walls along the US-Mexico border to prevent the entry of both illegal immigrants and risky narcotics.

Fentanyl has caused a surge in fatal overdoses around the United States - including the 2016 accidental death of pop music legend Prince - who consumed the opioid in counterfeit pills that looked like the narcotic analgesic Vicodin. The AP added that it's seen as a white powder that's mixed with heroin for an extra kick and in the form of blue pills that are counterfeits of prescription drugs like oxycodone.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Arizona say they've made their biggest fentanyl bust ever.

Fentanyl has become the biggest source of fatal overdoses in the U.S.in recent years, the AP said, citing authorities.

It was the third largest meth seizure at port of entry in Arizona.

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