The driver of the vehicle was a 33-year-old US citizen
Border Patrol agents in the Tucson sector this week discovered more than 50 pounds of pills containing suspected fentanyl hidden under the bed of a pickup as seizures of synthetic opioids continue at the Southwest Border.
Taking just one pill containing the lethal substance can be fatal, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency says that 42% of illegal pills tested for fentanyl contain at least two milligrams of the drug, which is considered a lethal dose.
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US Customs and Border Protection reported they stopped a white Ford F-150 at the Interstate 19 immigration checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, on Monday morning when a dog alerted agents to the truck.
Using the dogs’ noses and imaging technology, agents uncovered a compartment hidden under the bed, where 53 pounds of bullets were found.
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A press release states that the pills “test positive for the characteristics of fentanyl.”
Agents arrested the 33-year-old driver of the vehicle purported to be a female US citizen. He was handed over to the DEA for prosecution.
Fentanyl is typically manufactured in Mexico, and cartels ship the illegal drug across the border for distribution across the US where opioid deaths have become a scourge.
Authorities have seized about 10,000 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border so far in fiscal year 2021, as well as 180,000 pounds of meth, 86,000 pounds of cocaine, 5,000 pounds of heroin and 311,000 pounds of marijuana Is.
Granthshala News’ Ashley Soriano contributed to this report.