Border patrol agents make ‘largest Fentanyl bust in U.S. history’

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A massive shipment of Fentanyl has been stopped from coming into the U.S. at the Southern border, and authorities are calling it the biggest Fentanyl bust in U.S. history.

Fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid, is 50 times more powerful than heroin.

Nogales Port Director, Michael Humphries, said nearly 254 pounds of the drug, worth an estimated $3.5 million were found.

Agents became suspicious of a tractor-trailer carrying cucumbers, which was trying to enter the United States through a border checkpoint.

The load was sent for a secondary inspection when a truck-mounted x-ray found hidden compartments in the truck.

“They like to use vehicles with hidden compartments that they’re able to track instead of between ports of entry,” Humphries said.

Authorities said the amount in this shipment was enough to provide 115 million lethal doses of the drug, which is now blamed for the majority of overdose deaths in the U.S.

“It is said that a quarter-milligram, or the size of a few grains of salt, of Fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid, can kill a person very quickly,” Humphries said.

Also on the tractor trailer was 395 pounds of meth, which is the third-largest seizure of its kind in the U.S.

Data from Customs and Border Protection shows smuggling of meth and fentanyal is on the rise, and the ports are the main places for smugglers to slip drugs into the country.

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