U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced today the largest seizure of fentanyl in agency history after $4.6 million worth of fentanyl and methamphetamine was seized Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Port of Nogales. The drugs weighed roughly 650 pounds, according to CBP.
According to a Jan. 31 press release issued by the agency, CBP Officers discovered more than 400 packages of drugs concealed within a special floor compartment of a trailer that was laden with cucumbers, driven by a 26-year-old truck driver. A narcotics detection canine alerted officers leading to the seizure of nearly 254 pounds of fentanyl with a value of approximately $3.5 million and almost 395 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1.1 million.
“I want to express my gratitude to the CBP officers involved in this case and Nogales personnel who selflessly perform their duties with dedication, vigilance, and professional even during a funding hiatus,” said Nogales Area Port Director Michael Humphries, in a prepared statement. “Opioids pose a real danger to every community in America and are having fatal consequences across our nation. This past weekend our CBP officers were able to stop an enormous amount of these deadly narcotics from hitting our streets.”
The driver was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations, which charged him with two counts of possession with intent to distribute. The man is currently in federal custody.