Authorities Bust $90 Million Drug Smuggle Attempt

Authorities Bust $90 Million Drug Smuggle Attempt

( – The American opioid crisis has unnecessarily taken countless precious lives. But, in a small step to fight back, authorities seized over 2.5 tons of drugs that were in transit from Mexico to the US, saving numerous lives from addiction and potential overdose.

According to a Department of Justice report released on Friday, February 5, the Mexican Navy seized 2.5 tons of methamphetamine and 100,000 fentanyl pills from drug traffickers who were on their way to the United States on January 29. Two traffickers were charged with the conspiracy in a Manhattan federal court. The drugs had a street value of $90M.

The New York Post shared photos of the contraband:

Homeland Security Investigations Agent in Charge Peter Fitzhugh said the traffickers were hoping to “exacerbate the [opioid] plague” by increasing addiction to the deadly drugs within our borders.

This arrest shows the incredible work of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) Strike Force Initiative that specializes in multi-agency collaboration in order to locate and dismantle drug traffickers. This bust makes our nation a little safer for all of those struggling with and likely to fall prey to drug addiction.

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