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Mexican soldiers seize 140 pounds of fentanyl near Arizona border

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MEXICO CITY — Soldiers in northern Mexico said they have seized a surprisingly large stash of the powerful opioid fentanyl from a truck near the U.S. border at Arizona.

The Mexican Army’s Second Military Zone said soldiers at a highway checkpoint near Yuma, Arizona, found over 140 pounds of fentanyl in a freight truck.

They also found almost 30,000 pills, apparently also containing the synthetic drug.

Fentanyl is five to 15 times more potent than heroin.

The army said the truck was heading from Mexico City to Tijuana when it was stopped at checkpoint in San Luis Rio Colorado, near Yuma, where U.S. President Donald trump will be visiting later in the day.

Another truck was found further west along the border, carrying 60.6 pounds of heroin.

Opium poppies are grown in Mexico. Fentanyl is often imported from China and smuggled into the United States.

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