The fentanyl discovered during the traffic stop, which occurred on Interstate 8 at a checkpoint located close to Yuma, Arizona, was worth about $2 million, according to a Twitter post by Patricia McChurck-Daniel, the Yuma Sector Chief Patrol Agent. The Border Patrol K-9 sniffed out the drugs, located inside car seats, inside the doors, as well as inside the gas tank of the car.
At 192 pounds, the amount of fentanyl seized was more than what was seized in the Yuma Sector during all of Fiscal Year 2022.
This is not the only recent drug seizure near the border. The last month has seen Border Patrol agents discovering fentanyl near the border. A June 2 traffic stop in Amado, Arizona, led to the discovery of 230 pounds of fentanyl as well as 10 pounds of cocaine, which have a value of $3.1 million. Amado is located about 45 miles from the southern border. The fentanyl was being smuggled to Phoenix from Sonora, Mexico.
On May 24, more than 93 pounds of fentanyl pills were seized after a traffic stop in Eloy, Arizona. The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office K-9 worked with the Border Patrol agents during the traffic stop, according to Border Patrol Chief John R. Modlin.
During a May 18 traffic stop in Pine Valley, California, more than $1.5 million worth of fentanyl was discovered. After a K-9 alerted to drugs in the vehicle, the vehicle was taken to the Border Patrol checkpoint in Pine Valley along Interstate 8. The 112 pounds of fentanyl was hidden in the roof of an SUV.
Fentanyl is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths in the country each year. A lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams, as fentanyl is 50 times stronger than heroin. Officials say it is the deadliest drug in the country.
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