On August 24, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents pulled over a Chevy Equinox near Gila Bend, Arizona, nearly 80 miles from the Mexican border.
During the traffic stop, agents noticed several large duffel bags inside the vehicle, and observed that the female driver was “noticeably nervous,” agents became suspicious.
“After receiving her consent to search the vehicle, agents found three bags containing packages wrapped in black tape and cellophane as well as coated in axle grease, a technique often used to mask the scent of drugs. Further investigation revealed 340 packages of fentanyl pills weighing a grand total of 187 pounds and worth an estimated $4.3 million,” CBP stated in a press release.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) fact sheet, one kilogram of fentanyl is enough to kill 500,000 people.
Last year, 71,238 Americans died from fentanyl overdoses, a 23 percent increase from 2020, stated the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Nearly all of the precursors for making fentanyl sold on this country’s streets are shipped from China to multiple Mexican Drug Cartels, then smuggled across the border into this country.
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