The opioid and fentanyl crisis is still going strong, unfortunately, and over the Labor Day weekend U.S. border operatives interdicted a massive haul of nearly $3 million worth of cartel drugs.
Indeed, the cartels are so bold, they tried to ship this massive amount of illegal drugs all in one big shipment!
According to The Daily Caller:
Officials with U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped a tractor hauling a shipment of metal oil filters for an imaging system inspection Friday at the World Trade Bridge in Laredo, Texas. With the aid of a CBP K-9 unit, agents uncovered 49 bags of varying narcotics that carry an estimated street value of $2.9 million, reports FOX San Antonio.
The haul included 131 pounds of suspected methamphetamine, 34.61 pounds of suspected heroin and 9.4 pounds of suspected fentanyl. Agents also seized nearly 7 pounds of acetaminophen mixed with small amounts of fentanyl. (RELATED: Mexican Man Accused Selling Heroin For A Cartel Held On Record-Setting $60 Million Bond)
“While many people took advantage of Labor Day sales this weekend, our frontline CBP officers continue to uphold our border security mission and the judicious application of inspection experience and technology resulted in yet another poly-drug load with an overall value exceeding $2.9 million,” Albert Flores, director at the Laredo Port of Entry, said in a statement Tuesday.
A 27-year-old Mexican national was arrested trying to drive the truck into the U.S. but has not been named in reports.
The Fentanyl crisis is huge in the U.S. today. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, up to 115 Americans a day overdoes on opioids like fentanyl.
“The misuse of and addiction to opioids — including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl — is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare,” the NIH reports. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total ‘economic burden’ of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.”
Last year it was reported that deaths from fentanyl overdoes was up a whopping 540 percent from 2015 to 2017.
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of death in Americans under 50 years of age.
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