MEXICO CITY (AP) — Acting on information, Mexican forces seized nearly 1.5 tons of meth and 328 pounds (149 kilograms) of powdered fentanyl at a border checkpoint in northern Sonora. the military said. Thursday.
Soldiers also found 816,486 pills believed to contain fentanyl in his 46 drums loaded onto the truck on Wednesday.
The Pentagon said it had received information that a truck carrying powdered fruit juice concentrate to the border city of Tijuana was also carrying drugs.
Mexican cartels frequently pass information to authorities on cargo belonging to rival gangs.
Mexican cartels manufacture the synthetic opioid fentanyl from precursors imported from China and squeeze the drug into counterfeit tablets that look like Xanax, Adderall, or oxycodone.
Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are behind a massive increase in overdose deaths in the United States. As little as 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal. This drug is 100 times stronger than morphine.
People taking counterfeit drugs are often unaware that they are taking fentanyl. This has led to an increase in overdose deaths.