SMITH COUNTY, TX - On Friday, a multi-agency anti-drug trafficking unit pulled over a Honda Element on I-20, driven by Mexican national Erik Marin Islas-Angeles, 31.
The illegal alien consented to a search of his vehicle, which yielded nine pounds of deadly fentanyl, for a total of 42,000 pills, according to a Smith County Sheriff’s Office news release.
A 20-year-old Smith County resident died from an accidental fentanyl overdose only a few days before this seizure,
Sheriff Larry Smith told reporters:
We had a death here within the last week or so, where some of these type pills were located here in Smith County, and it’s suspected numerous deaths of younger kids that just seem to be an overdose, this is probably gonna be the culprit.
Most of the instances we see of people taking these drugs is related to opioid use, more so than cocaine and other drugs like that.
Islas-Angeles was charged with the manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance. He was booked into the Smith County Jail on an ICE detainer.
Due to our open border with Mexico, fentanyl overdoses are now the leading cause of death for Americans between the ages of 18-45.
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