Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Border Patrol Seizes 254 Lbs. of Fentanyl

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.

The drug was found hidden Saturday morning in a compartment under the rear floor of a tractor-trailer after a scan during secondary inspection indicated “some anomalies” in the load, and the agency’s police dog team alerted officers to the presence of drugs, Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said.

Most of the seized fentanyl with an overall street value of about $3.5 million was in white powder form, but about 2 pounds of it (1 kilogram) was contained in pills. Agents also seized nearly 395 pounds (179 kilograms) of methamphetamine with a street value of $1.18 million, Humphries said.

“The size of a few grains of salt of fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid, can kill a person very quickly,” Humphries said. The seizure, he said, had prevented an immeasurable number of doses of the drug “that could have harmed so many families.” (link)

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 4:38 PM PST
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  2. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    There is a crisis on our southern border and has been for a very long time. Build the wall and give U.S. Customs and Border Protection all of the funding, equipment, and manpower they need.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 4:42 PM PST
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  3. WI Con Member
    WI Con Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    Yes, the honorable Drug Cartels will only utilize recognized ports of entry when smuggling illegal drugs in to the country. 

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    • January 31, 2019, at 5:01 PM PST
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  4. Bruce Caward Thatcher
    Bruce Caward Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    Two separate problems, Gary. We should address them both, no? The money it costs for both, and maybe 9 other things we need to do to control our borders, our space, the part of the Earth we have jurisdiction over, will be paid back 100-fold in savings in the cost of things we are responsible to provide.

    I’m a sailor. If a boat is filling with water, the first priority is to plug the leak! You can deal with the water later. You can assess the damage later, figure out how you are going to procede with changed circumstances below. But right now, all hands on deck to plug the leak(s)!

    Otherwise, you no longer have a boat.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 5:06 PM PST
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  5. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    Our ports of entry have walls.

    Ever been to Nogales? There’s a wall.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 5:20 PM PST
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  6. MACHO GRANDE' (aka - Chri… Coolidge

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    Oh, and hey – let’s not note that there’s a drug problem. The article is obviously about a Trump problem. Everything, every pathway, must lead to Trump.

    Not about a huge drug seizure. Nope. Trump. And wall!

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

     

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    • January 31, 2019, at 5:26 PM PST
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  7. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary Robbins: The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    I’ve seen a lot of reasoning on this line ever since the announcement. That is the least important part of the whole story. Drugs that are stopped by people stupid enough to try smuggling at a port of entry don’t kill anyone. It’s the drugs that get in, the drugs that are missed, the smuggling that takes place away from the ports of entry that goes undetected.

    Stop looking at the holes and look at the whole airplane.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 5:28 PM PST
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  8. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Chris Campion (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    The important point is that it was at a port of entry, not in an area that Trump might want to erect a wall. I’d like to put more into our ports of entry. A wall? Not so much.

    Oh, and hey – let’s not note that there’s a drug problem. The article is obviously about a Trump problem. Everything, every pathway, must lead to Trump.

    Not about a huge drug seizure. Nope. Trump. And wall!

    Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

    We already have walls at the areas of primary and secondary importance. All that are left are areas of tertiary importance to put up walls.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 6:26 PM PST
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  9. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Duplicate.

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    • January 31, 2019, at 6:27 PM PST
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  10. MarciN Member

    What would these lowlifes do with this amount of this drug? Doesn’t it seem like a lot? I know the dealers lace regular heroin with this stuff to multiply the heroin’s normal effect. However, doesn’t it seem as though that would be a lot of doses? I know this sounds crazy, but is it possible this was some sort of an act of mass murder being planned? 

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    • January 31, 2019, at 6:43 PM PST
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  11. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    MarciN: What would these lowlifes do with this amount of this drug?

    Even the most legitimate businessman budgets for theft and waste. They churn out massive amounts of this stuff with the understanding that not all of their product will hit the streets. I wouldn’t hazard to guess the percentages. 

    The extent of all things done in the shadows is unknowable. Someone on Twitter used a variant of Gary’s argument. He told me I was an idiot and he could show me CBP figures show that the majority of drugs stopped at the border were at legal ports of entry. Again, the stuff you stop isn’t the problem, nor is it a sign of effectiveness. Even if 100% of all seizures are at ports of entry then where is all the other stuff coming from? 

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    • January 31, 2019, at 7:43 PM PST
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  12. James Lileks Contributor

    The more drugs are stopped at the border, the more the cartels will give up and decide it’s not worth it. Go north through territory where there’s no physical barrier? What’s you’re next bright idea, strapping sacks of product to the saddles of winged horses? C’mon. 

     

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    • January 31, 2019, at 10:58 PM PST
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  13. RyanFalcone Member

    If this is how much we are capturing at a port of entry, just imagine how much is passing through areas that aren’t defended.

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    • February 1, 2019, at 11:29 AM PST
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