Mexico’s military and National Guard announced on Thursday they announced a “historic” seizure of more than half a ton of fentanyl at a warehouse in the northern city of Culiacan.
“This is the largest seizure in the history of this deadly drug,” said Assistant Public Security Secretary Ricardo Mejia, adding that fentanyl was estimated to have an illegal value of about $230 million.
Big rise in synthetic opioids like fentanylin the United States of America; Less than two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal. This drug is 100 times more potent than morphine.
The approximately £1,200 found in the warehouse could have made millions of counterfeit pills, which usually contain fentanyl. Fentanyl is so deadly because it is pressed into pills that look like Xanax, Adderall or Oxycodone, or mixed with other drugs.
This leads to thousands ofIn the US because people often don’t even know they are taking fentanyl.
However, the correctness of the amount found in the godown was not clear; Fentanyl is often cut with other substances before being pressed into tablets. Almost all fentanyl smuggled into the United States comes from Mexico, where it is produced with precursor chemicals.,
Mexico’s Defense Department said the warehouse was located in Culiacán, the capital of the state of Sinaloa, home of the drug cartel of the same name, and that 10 people were arrested.
Soldiers also found half a ton of meth, as well as cocaine, opium, and at least 70 tons of precursor chemicals in a July 2 raid.
Last month, Mexican prosecutors said they foundUsed to manufacture fentanyl tablets in San Luis Rio Colorado, the border town of Yuma, Arizona.
CBS News’ Lilia Luciano reports that agents at the US-Mexico border are using new technology to scan trucks for fentanyl as fentanyl-laced pills confiscated by law enforcement increased nearly 50-fold between 2018 and 2021. have gone.