Arizona resident allegedly tried to smuggle 60 pounds of fentanyl into US

Sep 12, 2019, 2:00 PM

PHOENIX – Border agents arrested an Arizona man last weekend for allegedly attempting to smuggle more than 60 pounds of fentanyl into the United States, authorities said.

The 25-year-old man, who is a Mexican national and lives in Yuma, was taken into custody Saturday at the Port of San Luis, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release.

A drug-sniffing dog at the port of entry alerted agents to a Dodge SUV coming into the U.S. from Mexico.

A search uncovered 20 packages of fentanyl worth an estimated street value of $700,000, the release said.

The drugs were hidden in the vehicle’s front bumper.

“Fentanyl is a tremendously dangerous drug,” San Luis Area Port Director John A. Schwamm said in the release.

“I applaud the efforts of our CBP officers for preventing such a significant amount of this narcotic from entering our communities.”

The drugs and SUV were seized, and the suspect was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations, the release said.

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