1.5 million fentanyl tablets found in semi-truck on Arizona-Mexico border

NOGALES, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Border Patrol agents discovered hundreds of pounds of fentanyl and other drugs hidden in a semi-truck attempting to cross from Mexico to Arizona over the weekend.

In a tweet, Nogales Port Director Michael Humphries said the bottom of the 18-wheel trailer and the vehicle carrying it contained 1.57 million fentanyl pills. Over 100 pounds of cocaine was also found, along with heroin, cocaine and fentanyl powder. Photos showed the suspected smugglers used metal boxes and trapdoors to hide the drugs from border officials.

This weekend’s bankruptcy comes just days after the same Arizona port saw thousands of rainbow-hued, candy-colored fentanyl pills attempting to be smuggled into the country. Border officials found about 15,000 of the pills strapped to one person’s leg.

CNN reported that officials in many states are seeing more of this type of fentanyl. It worries health experts and law enforcement officials that the trend could be a way to lure youth and children into drug use.

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