Border Patrol seizes 17 pounds of fentanyl during checkpoint inspection

Border Patrol seizes 17 pounds of fentanyl during checkpoint inspection
Border Patrol seizes 17 pounds of fentanyl at Amado checkpoint (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - U.S. Border Patrol agents seized more than 17 pounds of fentanyl at the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, Thursday morning.

Tucson Sector agents at the primary inspection lane encountered a 25-year-old woman driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer around 10:30 a.m. Following a trained canine’s alert, agents referred the vehicle to secondary inspection, where X-ray scans revealed anomalies within a medical respirator on the backseat. Agents found multiple packages of suspected fentanyl pills concealed inside.

The pills have an approximate street value of $188,000.

The U.S. citizen driver from Nogales, Arizona, was arrested and the fentanyl pills and vehicle were seized. The case has since been taken over by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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