Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents working at the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 19 near Amado found more than 50 pounds of methamphetamine and multiple fentanyl pills in a Nissan sedan following a canine’s alert last Wednesday.
Agents referred the driver, an 18-year-old man from Nogales, Arizona, for a secondary inspection of the vehicle after a Border Patrol canine alerted to an odor it was trained to detect. As a result, agents found multiple packages of meth, worth in excess of $162,000, and more than half a pound of fentanyl valued at nearly $12,000.
Agents arrested the driver for narcotics smuggling and seized the sedan and its contents.
According to information posted on DEA.gov, Fentanyl is a potent synthetic opioid, prescribed for severe chronic pain, or breakthrough pain, to patients who are already receiving opioid medication. It is considered to be about 100 times more potent than morphine.
Agents from the Tucson Station also apprehended a 40-year-old Mexican man in the desert near Sasabe, Arizona, on last Saturday afternoon for illegally entering the United States.
While processing Juan Sotelo-Carasco, agents conducted a records check and learned he was convicted and sentenced in 2016 for rape in Contra Costa County, California.
Sotelo is being held in federal custody pending prosecution for felony criminal immigration violations.
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