“The interior of the trailer there was produce cucumbers and in the compartment underneath the floor of the trailer was this that you see here,” Michael Humphries, with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said.
That semi-truck heading into the U.S. from Mexico this past Saturday. Had little more than just produce. The driver had to take the 18 wheeler to a secondary location. The truck was scanned and then a search by a K-9 team.
“During the physical search CBP officers discovered a non-factory compartment built under the trailer floor revealing numerous packages,” Humphries said.
In those packages are more than 650 pounds of illegal drugs, including 100 packages of fentanyl powder and 10 packages in pill form.
“This represents the largest fentanyl seizure in CBP history,” Humphries said.
The synthetic opioid is 100 times more powerful than morphine, and can be deadly even in the smallest of doses.
“This amount of fentanyl our CBP officers prevented from entering our country equates to an unmeasurable dangerous amount of an opioid that could of harmed so many families this did not happen on CBP’s watch,” Humphries said.
Not only was this the largest seizure of fentanyl in CBP history they also found the 3rd largest seizure of meth.
CBP says Both drugs had a combined street value of nearly $5 million.