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More Than $11 Million In Fentanyl Pills Seized In Massive Bust At U.S./Mexico Border

•, by Tyler Durden

At the San Ysidro POE around 8PM on Sunday night, a K-9 unit encountered a "37-year-old man driving a 2008 sedan applying for admission into the United States from Mexico," a release from Customs and Border Patrol revealed over the weekend. 

The K-9 unit alerted for drugs near the glove compartment and the vehicle was referred for further inspection, at which point "CBP officers extracted a total of 100 packages containing blue pills concealed within the vehicle's dashboard and within the front passenger seats".

The release noted that the pills were tested and found to be fentanyl. Investigators ultimately uncovered approximately 561,000 tablets, weighing in at 123.6 pounds, with an estimated street value of around $11.22 million.

Mariza Marin, Port Director for the San Ysidro Port of Entry, commented: "Fentanyl is a very lethal drug that continues to be encountered along our southern border. I'm very proud of the exceptional work by our officers who skillfully interdict illicit narcotics on a daily basis."

The individual was placed under the supervision of Homeland Security Investigations for additional scrutiny. CBP officers confiscated both the drugs and the vehicle involved.

This confiscation is a component of Operation Apollo, a collaborative regional initiative that unites federal, state, and local agencies in the fight against the menace posed by fentanyl and other illegal synthetic drugs.