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CALEXICO, Calif. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers intercepted more than
$8 million worth of fentanyl pills Friday.
At approximately 9:55 a.m., CBP officers encountered a 23-year-old male driving a 1995 pickup
truck who was applying for admission into the United States from Mexico at the Calexico West
Port of Entry. During initial examination, a CBP officer referred the driver and the vehicle for
further inspection.


In the inspection area, a non-intrusive inspection of the vehicle was conducted. CBP officers
utilized the port's imaging system to screen the vehicle and observed irregularities. A CBP K-9
team screened the vehicle and received a positive alert to the presence of narcotics.
Upon further examination, CBP officers discovered a total of 41 packages concealed in the spare
tire and rear seat of the truck. The packages contained approximately 840,000 blue pills that tested
positive for fentanyl. The total weight of the pills was 185.41 pounds with an estimated street value
of $8,400,000.
"Fentanyl continues to be the deadliest drug threat our nation has ever encountered. This seizure
is indicative of the exceptional performance our officers display day after day", stated Roque Caza,
Calexico Area Port Director. "Their vigilance and dedication are vital assets that make a significant
difference in our communities."
The narcotics and vehicle were seized by CBP officers while the driver was turned over to
Homeland Security Investigations for further processing.
CBP officers at the border crossing in Southern California stop illegal activity while processing
millions of legitimate travelers into the United States.
Follow the Director of CBP's San Diego Field Office on Twitter at @DFOSanDiegoCA for
breaking news, current events, human interest stories and photos.

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lawful trade and travel.

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