(TheLastPatriotNews.com) – Almost 2 million pills of the deadly illicit narcotic fentanyl have been seized by US border officers in Arizona over the past couple of weeks, thus saving hundreds of lives.
Two significant drug shipments were captured over the past weekend by the officers of the US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) in Nogales, Arizona, Breitbart News informs.
In two drug trafficking busts, CBP officers seized over 670,000 fentanyl pills alongside almost 48 pounds of methamphetamine.
Counting in other narcotic shipment arrests from the preceding day, the number of fentanyl pills seized in Nogales has reached more than 1.9 million in less than two weeks.
Michael Humphries, the CBP Nogales Port Director, posted on Twitter photos of the two drug shipments detained by the local officers on Friday and Saturday.
In the first case, on Friday, the CBP agents caught a drug shipment of approximately 475,000 fentanyl pills and 2.13 pounds of methamphetamine. It was discovered in a car entering Arizona from Mexico.
On Saturday, the Nogales officers discovered an illegal narcotics stash in an incoming truck containing about 214,000 fentanyl pills and 45.5 pounds of methamphetamine.
“Officers in the Nogales area of operations have been highly successful this month in combatting the smuggling of potentially deadly fentanyl pills,” the report says.
Thus, on June 21, CBP agents based in the town of 20,000 were executing roving K-9 operations when they came across 517,000 fentanyl pills and 64.6 grams of cocaine hidden in the doors and tailgate of a pickup truck.
In another case the same day, the officers discovered 10,900 fentanyl pills in a gym bag, Humphries revealed.
He also informed that during the three days ending on June 19, Nogales agents captured 784,000 fentanyl pills in six different trafficking attempts.
During those, the CBP officers also caught nearly 170 pounds of methamphetamine, about 11 pounds of heroin, and 5.8 pounds of cocaine.
Between October 1, 2022, and May 31, 2023, CBP officers from the Tucson Field Office, including the Nogales Port of Entry, captured over 9,300 pounds of fentanyl.
In 2022, the US saw a new record of overdose deaths – almost 110,000 – many attributed to fentanyl.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations officers in Nogales, Arizona, stopped two major drug shipments over the weekend. https://t.co/sUma692dkx
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) June 28, 2023