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Major fentanyl bust at San Ysidro border leads to arrest of Mexican driver

Published On: 12-18-2017 in Category: methamphetamine

Major fentanyl bust at San Ysidro border leads to arrest of Mexican driver

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the San Ysidro Port of Entry (POE) on Dec. 9, 2017, arrested a 19-year-old man from Mexico’s Tijuana on charges of trafficking around 80 pounds of fentanyl into the United States territory. Law enforcement authorities said the bust is one of the largest seizures of fentanyl at the international border with Mexico. According to the San Diego U.S. Attorney’s Office, a thorough search of Flavio Rivera Davalos’ 2010 Ford Focus led to his arrest. Rivera, who was the registered owner of the vehicle, told the interrogating officer that he was on his way to San Ysidro to shop at the Las America Premium Outlets.

During the search, officers recovered 31 packets of the drug concealed in the rear seats, quarter panels, firewall and the speaker box of the vehicle. According to the CBP, the total drug consignment weighed 77 pounds. Data from the Medical Examiner’s Office suggested a steady surge in fentanyl-related deaths in San Diego County since 2012.

Experts say Mexican drug trafficking organizations dominate the transportation of fentanyl and several other drugs into and throughout the states of California and Arizona. Once the drugs enter the U.S., they are moved to stash houses in several cities before being moved to drug markets in other cities like Denver, Chicago, New York and Detroit. Besides fentanyl, many Californian or Arizonian cities are also reportedly the first stopping point for massive quantities of trafficked Mexican meth, low-grade weed and black tar heroin en route to American streets.

Fentanyl is dangerous

Non-medical use of fentanyl can be suicidal as there is only a miniscule difference between a deadly and therapeutic dose. Experts studying the fentanyl-related overdose deaths say several drug traffickers and manufacturers nationwide are lacing their heroin supplies with a synthetic form of fentanyl known as carfentanil, which is 10,000 times deadlier than morphine. Moreover, numerous clandestine illegal drug-manufacturing laboratories across the U.S. are involved in large-scale production of fentanyl analogs such as butyryl fentanyl, beta-hydroxythiofentanyl, alfentanil, acetyl fentanyl, furanylfentanyl and sufentanil. Significantly, fentanyl and its analogs have caused thousands of overdose deaths in the country.

Notably, in March 2016, the Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) issued a nationwide alert warning citizens of the dangers of fentanyl and its analogs. Additionally, the DEA has also issued warnings to emergency responders and law enforcement agencies about the hazards of coming in contact with fentanyl through the skin or accidental inhalation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths caused by synthetic opioids such as tramadol and fentanyl increased by 72.2 percent from 2014 to 2015.

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