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Per Pete Williams
The sensitive nose of a dog sniffing drugs has led to what federal officials say is the largest seizure in American history of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is accused of most of the deaths of overdose.
Officials and border officers said on Thursday they discovered 254 kilograms of drugs hidden in the floor section of a cucumber truck. They also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine.
CBP estimated fentanyl to $ 3.5 million and methamphetamine at $ 1.1 million.
The foot was twice as large as the 118 pound record record found in a truck stopped by state soldiers in Nebraska in 2017.
In the last case, the tractor trailer was stopped on Saturday trying to enter the US through the border crossing at Nogales, Arizona.
Authorities reported that it was operated by a 26-year-old man who was arrested and charged with drug possession with the intent to distribute them. His identity and nationality were not immediately available.
Michael Humphries, the director of the Nogales Area port, praised his recruiting staff.
"Their attention to the small details that are needed to make those types of seizures unbelievable."
Centers for Disease Control say fentanyl is responsible for more than 28,400 deaths from the overdose in 2017, the last year for which data is available.
According to the Anti-Drug Administration, the drug is up to 100 times stronger than morphine.
"Many users believe they buy heroin and do not know that they buy fentanyl – which often leads to death by overgrowing."
Most of the illegally produced fentanyl in the USA comes from Mexico.