U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are seizing record amounts of fentanyl and meth in Arizona and Texas brought in by Mexican cartel operatives and foreign nationals trying to enter the United States illegally.
In just five separate inspections ahead of Labor Day weekend, for example, officers seized 625,000 pills in Nogales, Arizona, which borders Sonora, Mexico, Michael Humphries, CBP Director of the Nogales Port of Entry, said.
Among them, officers seized 12,000 rainbow-colored fentanyl pills, four pounds of fentanyl in powder form, 34 pounds of methamphetamine and five pounds of marijuana.
Through an inspection of an 18-wheeler, they discovered in a trailer floor compartment 1.27 million pills and 104 pounds of cocaine. In the vehicle’s floor, they also found about 300,000 pills, two pounds of fentanyl powder, 13 pounds of heroin and 10 pounds of cocaine.
The record amounts confiscated were reported after seizures of fentanyl at the southern border jumped nearly 200 percent in July. Read more…