Disorder at the Border Weekly Roundup Part One: Drugs – 30,000 fentanyl pills discovered hidden inside a walker
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Our Southern border is a corridor to the majority of the deadly drugs, including counterfeit fentanyl pills, that eventually find their way to a neighborhood near you every single day. Cartels find creative ways to deceive, conceal, and attempt to avoid detection and yet, our Border Patrol agents continue to find record amounts of drugs. Still, the amount of drugs that successfully make it through without detection is staggering.
Cartels and drug smugglers are willing to lose some of their spoils in the process of making its way into the United States. For every shipment that gets intercepted, there is an untold number that makes it through.
In a recent report from CBS News, they say that 2021 was the “deadliest year for overdoses in the U.S.” and they say that fentanyl is the cause.
The following are the highlights from the past week as reported by the US Customs and Border Patrol and other law enforcement agencies.
In Arizona, officers at the Nogales Port of Entry were tipped off by their K-9 partners of a 59-year-old male who was attempting to cross the border undetected. The man was using a walker stuffed with nearly 30,000 fentanyl pills and valued at $875,000 hidden inside it.
Last Sunday, agents assigned to the Blythe Station referred a Chrysler sedan to the secondary inspection area of the checkpoint located on California Highway 78. During a search of the vehicle, agents discovered 40 pounds of methamphetamine, personal use of marijuana, and related drug paraphernalia.
On Tuesday, Wellton Station agents conducted a vehicle stop on a Plymouth minivan traveling east on Interstate 8 and discovered more than two pounds of methamphetamine and five grams of heroin.
El Paso Sector
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers working at El Paso area ports of entry seized cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, marijuana, and fentanyl and arrested 30 fugitives over the last week.
Officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 57 pounds of methamphetamine from a 70-year-old male U.S. citizen. A total of 51 bundles were discovered hidden throughout the subject’s vehicle.
Later that day, officers working at the Ysleta border crossing intercepted five pounds of methamphetamine and six pounds of heroin from a 30-year-old male U.S. citizen. Following a K-9 alert and subsequent inspection of the vehicle, a total of eight bundles were discovered hidden within the vehicle.
-Officers working at the Ysleta border crossing intercepted 26 pounds of cocaine from a 19-year-old male U.S. citizen. Following a K-9 alert and inspection, ten bundles were discovered hidden within the vehicle.
Officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 0.28 pounds of fentanyl from an individual via pedestrian. The fentanyl was discovered hidden in the groin area of the individual.
Officers working at the Port of Presidio Texas, intercepted three pounds of liquid methamphetamine which was concealed inside a bottle of liquor.
Later that day, officers working at the Bridge of the Americas border crossing intercepted 12 pounds of cocaine from an 18-year-old male U.S. citizen. Following a K-9 alert and inspection, four bundles were discovered hidden within the vehicle.
Officers working at the Paso Del Norte border crossing intercepted 95 pounds of marijuana from a 37-year-old female U.S. citizen. Following a K-9 alert and inspection, 85 bundles were discovered hidden in the engine area of the vehicle.
CBP officers at ports of entry also find and confiscate other dangerous objects. While conducting outbound enforcement operations at the Hidalgo International Bridge they encountered a Chevrolet pickup truck driving southbound to Mexico. Inspection revealed 3,000 rounds of .38 caliber pistol ammunition and 13,000 7.62 x 39 rifle ammunition hidden within the vehicle.
Officers assigned to the Hidalgo International Bridge encountered a Ford F150 pickup making entry from Mexico. After physically inspecting the vehicle, officers extracted 4.98 pounds of fentanyl valued at $76,800 concealed within the vehicle.
Rio Grande Valley Sector
Agents attempted to initiate an immigration inspection on the occupants of a Chevrolet Silverado believed to have loaded migrants or narcotics near the Rio Grande in Brownsville. The driver failed to yield and led agents and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers on a pursuit. The vehicle drove through a fence and struck a Border Patrol vehicle before driving into the Rio Grande. The driver was observed heading back into Mexico, leaving behind the Silverado and 22 bundles of marijuana that weighed 486 pounds and is valued at almost $400,000. Agents believe the vehicle was ferried across the Rio Grande River.
Brownsville agents seized six bundles of marijuana weighing over 140 pounds near the Rio Grande. The responding agents observed the drug smugglers crossing back into Mexico.
Harlingen agents apprehended 12 pounds of marijuana and a suspected smuggler from Mexico.
Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector agents have seized more than 21,000 pounds of narcotics from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.
Part Two (Human Smuggling and Large Groups), and Part Three (Drugs) coming soon.
Past Weekly Roundups can be found here.
Watch clip above via CBS News