K-9 alerts to fentanyl pills hidden in sealed medicine bottles

K-9 alerts to fentanyl pills hidden in sealed medicine bottles
Yuma Border Patrol agents seized fentanyl pills worth $24,000 Tuesday. (Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

YUMA, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A Yuma Sector Border Patrol K-9 alerted to vitamin and antibiotic medicine bottles that contained fentanyl pills at the Interstate 8 immigration checkpoint Tuesday morning, March 9.

Border Patrol agents referred a shuttle van to the checkpoint’s secondary inspection area at approximately 10 a.m. after a K-9 alerted to the vehicle.

While in secondary, the K-9 alerted to a backpack inside the van. During a search of the backpack, agents discovered several sealed pill bottles that appeared to be new. Upon breaking the seals on the bottles, agents say they found $24,000 worth of fentanyl pills.

The owner of the backpack, a 16-year-old female U.S. citizen, was taken into custody and the pills were seized. The van and remaining occupants were subsequently released.

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