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Nogales, Arizona – 30 January 2019
1. Close, packages of drugs recovered from truck
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Humphries, Customs and Border Protection Port Director:
"The drugs that you see next to me were attempted to be smuggled in to the United States from Mexico, concealed within a tractor-trailer transporting produce. The truck was being driven by a 26-year-old Mexican national."
3. Medium, packages of drugs recovered from truck
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Humphries, Customs and Border Protection Port Director:
"In the interior of the trailer, there was produce, it was cucumbers. In the compartment underneath the floor of the trailer was this, that you see here."
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Humphries, Customs and Border Protection Port Director:
"This represents the largest fentanyl seizure in CBP history. Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more powerful than morphine and extremely strong opioid."
6. Zoom from packages of drugs to border fence
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Humphries, Customs and Border Protection Port Director:
"I want to express my gratitude to the CBP officers involved in this case and all of the Port of Nogales personnel who selflessly performed their duties with dedication, vigilance and professionalism 24 by 7 by 365, even during difficult times, such as our funding hiatus."
8. Close, drugs recovered from truck
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Humphries, Customs and Border Protection Port Director:
"Most hard narcotics seized by CBP are at the ports of entry. And that's the case here. They like to use vehicles with hidden compartments that they're able to track, instead of between ports of entry. That's my opinion."
10. Wide, border patrol vehicle at US-Mexico border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say they have made their biggest fentanyl bust ever, capturing nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the deadly synthetic opioid in Arizona.
The Nogales CBP Port Director Michael Humphries said Thursday that the drug was seized Saturday from a tractor-trailer carrying produce from Mexico after it was stopped for inspection at the border crossing.
Agents also seized an additional 2.2 pounds (1 kilogram) of fentanyl pills and a large cache of methamphetamine.
The Mexican man driving the truck was arrested and the drugs seized at the Mariposa border crossing in Nogales, Arizona.
Authorities say illicit fentanyl in recent years has become the biggest source of fatal overdoses in the United States.
Mexican traffickers are increasingly smuggling the drug into the United States, mostly hidden in northbound passenger vehicles crossing at ports of entry in the Nogales and San Diego areas.
Law enforcement says the illicit version of the painkiller is now seen mostly as a white powder that can mixed with heroin for an extra kick and as blue pills that are counterfeits of prescription drugs like oxycodone.
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