Mexican soldiers seized almost 1.5 tons of meth and 328 pounds of powdered fentanyl from a truck that was supposed to be carrying fruit juice concentrates. The seizure took place at a checkpoint in the northern state of Sonora, which is bordered by New Mexico and Arizona.
Upon searching the truck, soldiers found over 800,000 pills that contained fentanyl.
It’s believed this fentanyl was manufactured by Mexican cartels, who pressed the drug into counterfeit pills that were made to look like Xanax, Adderall, and Oxycodone. These fake pills look incredibly realistic and people who use them often don’t realize they’re consuming fentanyl.
Fentanyl is an extremely powerful drug and as little as two milligrams can be lethal. This synthetic opioid is behind the increase in overdose deaths in the United States. In 2021 alone, over 107,000 people died due to overdose.
Mexico’s Defense Department said it conducted the search after receiving a tip about a truck transporting illegal substances to the border town of Tijuana. It’s unclear who provided this tip, but the Associated Press pointed out that Mexican drug cartels have a history of providing information about rival gangs’ drug shipments.
“A decade ago, we didn’t even know about fentanyl, and now it’s a national crisis,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a statement. “The amount of fentanyl we are seizing at the border is staggering. The number of fentanyl seizures and fentanyl-related deaths in our district are unprecedented.”