US Customs and Border Protection made the largest seizure of fentanyl in the agency's history on Saturday at the Nogales port of entry on the US-Mexico border, Port Director Michael Humphries announced Thursday.
They extracted from it a hundred packages of fentanyl, most in powder form, but ten in pre-pressed pill form, likely to be distributed as counterfeit pharmaceuticals. In addition to the fentanyl, which was concealed in a secret floor compartment of the trailer, officers also uncovered 395 pounds of methamphetamine, CBP officials said.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid. The fentanyl was collectively worth 3.5 million dollars, according to CBP's estimate.
Packets of fentanyl and methamphetamine, which U.S. Customs and Border Protection say they seized from a truck crossing into Arizona from Mexico, is on display during a news conference at the Port of Nogales, Ariz., Jan. 31, 2019.
Officers at the Port of Nogales in Arizona arrested Juan Antonio Torres-Barraza and charged him with two counts of possession with intent to distribute for allegedly attempting to enter the US with a combined 650 pounds of methamphetamine and fentanyl, worth almost $4.6 million dollars.
'It is said that a quarter-milligram, or the size of a few grains of salt, of fentanyl, which is a unsafe opioid, can kill a person very quickly, ' Humphries said. The driver is now in federal custody and no other arrests have been made, officials said.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 2 mgs of fentanyl is a lethal dose for most people.
DEA officials have said that while 85 percent of the illicit fentanyl entering the United States from Mexico is seized at San Diego-area border crossings, an increasing amount is being detected on the border with Arizona, a state where the Sinaloa cartel controls the drug trade and fatal fentanyl overdoses are rising.