A Mexican national was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Saturday with enough fentanyl to kill 57 million Americans, according to an internal memo first reported on Wednesday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight". After being alerted by an inspection system, CBP officers investigated the truck and unearthed a hidden section beneath the trailer's floor.
"This is the largest fentanyl seizure in any port of entry" and "in the history of CBP", Guadalupe Ramirez, acting director of field operations in Tucson told the Arizona Republic. The methamphetamine-in 300 packages-was worth an additional 1.18 million dollars.More news: Jorginho targeted by Bournemouth as Chelsea are thumped
Another 395 pounds (180 kg) of methamphetamine, worth about $1.1 million, also was confiscated from the truck, officials said.
"This amount of fentanyl our CBP officers prevented from entering our country equates to an unmeasurable, risky amount of an opioid that could have harmed so many families", Humphries said. "Thanks, as always, for a job well done!"
Mexican traffickers have been increasingly smuggling the drug into the United States, mostly hidden in passenger vehicles and tractor-trailers trying to head through ports of entry in the Nogales, Arizona, and San Diego areas.More news: Eating breakfast 'not a good strategy' for weight loss
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, 2 mgs of fentanyl is a lethal dose for most people.
Fentanyl has caused a surge in fatal overdoses around the U.S. - including the 2016 accidental death of pop music legend Prince - who consumed the opioid in counterfeit pills that looked like the narcotic analgesic Vicodin. The AP added that it's seen as a white powder that's mixed with heroin for an extra kick and in the form of blue pills that are counterfeits of prescription drugs like oxycodone.
Authorities say illicit fentanyl in recent years has become the biggest source of fatal overdoses in the United States.More news: Royal fans love the young boy left starstruck by Meghan Markle