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By Pete Williams
The sensitive nose of a drug sniffer dog has led, according to federal officials, to the biggest seizure in the history of US fentanyl, the synthetic opioid , blame was made on the majority of overdose deaths.
Customs and border guards said they discovered 254 pounds of the drug in a cucumber-laden trunk of a truck on Thursday. They also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine.
CBP estimated fentanyl at $ 3.5 million and methamphetamine at $ 1
The seizure was more than twice the apparent previous record of 118 pounds found in a stopped truck by state soldiers in Nebraska in 2017.
In the latter case, the semitrailer was stopped on Saturday when He tried to enter the US via the border checkpoint in Nogales, Arizona.
The authorities said they were a 26-year-old man who was arrested and charged with drug possession for distribution. His identity and nationality were not immediately available.
Michael Humphries, Port Director of Nogales Area, praised his staff for the record arrest.
"Your attention to small details that are needed to achieve these seizures is incredible." The Centers for Disease Control said that fentanyl was responsible for more than 28,400 overdose deaths in 2017. This is it last year for which numbers are available.
According to Drug Enforcement Administration, the drug is up to 100 times more potent than morphine.
"Many users believe they buy heroin and do not know they are buying fentanyl – which
Most of the illegally produced fentanyl in the US comes from Mexico.