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BUSTED: Customs & Border Protection Agents Make Largest Fentanyl Bust in U.S. History

Agents have a drug-sniffing dog to thank for discovering 254 pounds of fentanyl and 395 pounds of methamphetamine.

By NTK Staff | 01.31.2019 @3:09pm
BUSTED: Customs & Border Protection Agents Make Largest Fentanyl Bust in U.S. History

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents scored the largest seizure of fentanyl in U.S. history on Saturday, according to NBC News. And they have a four-legged friend with a sensitive nose to thank for the discovery.

The sensitive nose of a drug-sniffing dog has led to what federal officials say is the largest seizure in US history of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for the majority of overdose deaths.

Customs and Border Protection officers said Thursday they discovered 254 pounds of the drug hidden in a floor compartment of a truck loaded with cucumbers. They also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine.

CBP valued the fentanyl at $3.5 million and the methamphetamine at $1.1 million.

To put the magnitude of this bust into perspective, Daily Mail reporter David Martosko broke down the numbers and found that, conservatively, this amount of fentanyl was enough to kill 38 million people:

The bust took place at a U.S. border checkpoint in Nogales, Arizona. A 26-year-old man was driving the tractor-trailer containing the drugs.

This is sure to resonate in Washington, D.C. where lawmakers are struggling to find ways to combat the opioid epidemic gripping the United States. It’s sure to feed into President Trump’s ongoing negotiations with Democratic lawmakers about border security and funding for a border wall.

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