The Drug Enforcement Administration is alerting the public of dangerous counterfeit pills killing Americans.
Mexican drug cartels are manufacturing mass quantities of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl, a dangerous synthetic opioid that is lethal in minute doses, for distribution throughout North America.
(There’s a rise in blue pills that are synthetic opioids and more Arizona teens are overdosing on them. Courtesy of azfamily powered by 3TV & CBS5AZ and YouTube. Posted on Feb 19, 2019.)
Based on a sampling of tablets seized nationwide between January and March 2019, DEA found that 27 percent contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl.
“Capitalizing on the opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse in the United States, drug trafficking organizations are now sending counterfeit pills made with fentanyl in bulk to the United States for distribution,” said DEA Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon.
“Counterfeit pills that contain fentanyl and fentanyl-laced heroin are responsible for thousands of opioid-related deaths in the United States each year.”
Fentanyl and other highly potent synthetic opioids remain the primary driver behind the ongoing opioid crisis, with fentanyl involved in more deaths than any other illicit drug.
A lethal dose of fentanyl is estimated to be about two milligrams, but can vary based on an individual’s body size, tolerance, amount of previous usage and other factors.
In January of 2019, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Nogales Commercial Facility seized nearly $4.6 million in fentanyl and methamphetamine totaling close to 650 pounds in a single seizure, a Mexican national attempted to smuggle into the United States through the Port of Nogales.
(U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have made their biggest ever fentanyl bust (main), seizing a quantity large enough to kill 100million people. CBP officials said they captured nearly 254 pounds (114kg) of the deadly synthetic opioid from a secret compartment inside a truck carrying a load of Mexican produce heading into US at the Nogales border crossing in Arizona (inset). The drugs, with a street value of about $3.5million, were found in Jan 2019, hidden in a compartment under the rear floor of a tractor-trailer. Courtesy of Daily Mail and YouTube. Posted on Feb 1, 2019.)
The seizure was the largest seizure of fentanyl in CBP history. Furthermore the methamphetamine seizure represents the third largest at an Arizona port.
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.
Following an alert by a CBP narcotics detection canine, CBP officers seized nearly 254 pounds of fentanyl with a value of approximately $3.5 million and almost 395 pounds of methamphetamine valued at $1.1 million.
“Opioids pose a real danger to every community in America and are having fatal consequences across our nation,” explained Nogales Area Port Director Michael Humphries.
The driver of the vehicle was arrested and turned over to Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), who charged him with two counts of 21 USC 841, possession with intent to distribute and is currently in federal custody.
“This case clearly shows that HSI’s and CBP’s collaborative efforts continue to have an impact, as those attempting to smuggle illicit drugs are stopped at the border,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown.
“These efforts exhibit the combined resources of law enforcement agencies’ resolve to combating these deadly drugs from entering our communities.”
(Learn More. Hear how ICE investigates border-related crimes in Arizona from the head of the agency’s investigative arm Homeland Security Investigations. Courtesy of Arizona Public Media and YouTube. Posted on Jun 21, 2019.)
The DEA’s full Fentanyl Signature Profiling Program Report on the recent drug sampling and testing is available here:https://admin.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2019-10/DEA_Fentanyl_Signature_Profiling_Program_Report-Oct-2019.pdf.
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