MEXICO CITY — Mexican soldiers acted on their information and found about 1.5 tons of meth and 328 pounds of powdered fentanyl at a checkpoint in northern Sonora. was seized. , the military said Thursday. Sonora borders Arizona.
Soldiers also found 816,486 pills believed to contain fentanyl in his 46 drums loaded onto the truck on Wednesday.
The Department of Defense 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 from rival gangs.
Mexican cartels are making the synthetic opioid fentanyl from precursors imported from China and stuffing 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 contributes to the increase in overdose deaths.
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