Mexico seized hundreds of millions of dollars of “historic” fentanyl stockpile; arrests made

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Mexican authorities made what one official called a “historic confiscation” of fentanyl from a warehouse earlier this month.

The Mexican Ministry of Defense said the depot is located in Culiacan, the capital of the state of Sinaloa, where notorious drug cartel of the same name. Ten men were arrested.

Collection of fentanyl tablets.

Collection of fentanyl tablets.
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The soldiers also found half ton or met during the July 2 raid, as well as cocaine, opium and at least 70 tons of precursor chemicals.

Assistant Minister of Public Security Ricardo Mejia called it the largest seizure of fentanyl in history. He estimated that the 1,200 pounds of fentanyl found in the warehouse were worth about $230 million on the black market.

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Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have been responsible for a significant increase in overdose deaths in the United States. Fentanyl is 100 times more potent than morphine, and just two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal.

Fentanyl is usually pressed into fake pills that look like Xanax, Adderall or Oxycodone, or mixed with other drugs. This has led to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States because people often don’t realize they are taking fentanyl.

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The amount found in the warehouse could have been used to produce millions of counterfeit pills, but their purity was unclear. Nearly all fentanyl smuggled into the United States comes from Mexico, where it is made from chemical precursors smuggled in from China.

Republican and Democratic lawmakers called on the Biden administration to secure the border amid a historic surge in illegal crossings that include traffickers, drug cartel operatives, and smugglers who bring fentanyl and other illegal drugs into the United States. Illicitly manufactured fentanyl is fueling historic levels of drug addiction and overdose deaths across the country.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.