WASHINGTON, D.C. (WSET) – The U.S. Department of the Interior announced Friday that agents on the department’s opioid task force seized about 30,000 fentanyl pulls and other illegal drugs at entry points on the Tohono O’odham Nation lands in Arizona.
They said the other illegal drugs were worth more than $100,000.
They said the operation was related to a Bureau of Indian Affairs Drug Enforcement joint investigation into large amounts of fentanyl pills from a Mexican drug trafficking organization being transported into the U.S.
“President Trump is committed to combating the opioid crisis and making America’s border communities safer, and our first-of-its-kind joint Task Force is delivering on that commitment,” said Acting Secretary Bernhardt. “The law enforcement officers of the Joint Task Force, led by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is doing incredible work to keep Tribal communities safe from the deadly and illegal drugs pouring in from Mexico. I commend them all for their hard work and for putting themselves in harm’s way to keep others safe.”
BIA Drug Agents and the NATIVE Task Force, along with Department of Security Investigations Special Response Team and Arizona Department of Public Safety conducted a buy/bust operation related to a BIA Drug Enforcement joint investigation where an undercover operative successfully purchased approximately 30,000 fentanyl pills (opioids) from the drug organization.
They said the operation was related to a joint drug investigation that began along the southwest border on the Tohono O’odham reservation.
During the operation, three non-Indian subjects were taken into custody without incident. One subject was found to be in possession of a pistol during the incident.
In the first year, Joint Task Force Operations in Arizona, New Mexico, North Carolina, Washington, Montana, and other states have led to the seizure of millions of dollars’ worth of fentanyl, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs, and hundreds of arrests and indictments.