Man trying to smuggle fentanyl across southern Arizona border gets 3 years in prison
PHOENIX — A United States citizen attempting to smuggle fentanyl through the southern Arizona border from Mexico in exchange for payment was sentenced to 40 months in federal prison, authorities said.
Carlos Obed Moreno, 32, previously plead guilty to importing fentanyl into the country, the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Arizona said in a press release.
Authorities said as Moreno passed through the De Concini Port of Entry in Nogales on Jan. 6, an officer conducted a pat-down after noticing a knife in Moreno’s waistband.
As the officer was conducting the pat-down, he noticed packages stuffed inside Moreno’s boots.
An investigation into the package concluded they contained 628.1 grams of blue fentanyl pills.
Moreno had been living in Mexico prior to his arrest.
Homeland Security Investigations in Nogales conducted the investigation in the case.