Border Patrol agents in California reeled in a massive haul of fentanyl and other drugs in a woman’s car at the southern border.
According to Fox News, the woman was found to have been driving with nearly $300,000 worth of fentanyl and methamphetamines in her vehicle while attempting to cross into the United States.
The woman, a 42-year-old permanent US resident, found herself stopped by border patrol at an immigration checkpoint in her 2014 Toyota Corolla.
The checkpoint was located along State Road 86.
The Toyota Corolla was flagged for a secondary inspection when K-9 units seems to single out the rear end of the vehicle to their handlers.
“Agents inspected the interior of the vehicle and discovered three large bags containing packages wrapped with tape,” said one California Border Patrol agent.
The driver of the vehicle was taken into custody and the vehicle was seized on site as well.
The search yielded eleven packages of drugs in total. Most of the packages contained methamphetamine, but two bags contained fentanyl and heroin.
The fentanyl that was found on the scene is a new form of rainbow-colored pill, against which the Drug Enforcement Administration has alerted citizens to be in a heightened state of alert.
“Rainbow fentanyl – fentanyl pills and powder that come in a variety of bright colors, shapes, and sizes – is a deliberate effort by drug traffickers to drive addictions amongst kids and young adults,” DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said.
“The men and women of the DEA are relentlessly working to stop the trafficking of rainbow fentanyl and defeat the Mexican drug cartels that are responsible for the vast majority of the fentanyl that is being trafficked in the United States.”
In an August 30, 2022 media release from the DEA, the administration reveals telling statistics about the dangers of opioids like fentanyl.
“Fentanyl remains the deadliest drug threat facing this country. According to the CDC, 107,622 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2021, with 66 percent of those deaths related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Drug poisonings are the leading killer of Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. Fentanyl available in the United States is primarily supplied by two criminal drug networks, the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.”
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency, massive amounts of illegal substances are being seized at the United State’s borders every year. In 2021, 914,000 points of illegal narcotics were found by border agents, who stopped the drugs from entering the country.
Throughout 2022, fentanyl seizures have continued to rise which is causing southern California to feel a massive pain at the hand of the drug world.
San Diego is one of the most common entry points for fentanyl in the country. About 60 percent of the fentanyl that has been seized in the United States in 2022 has been seized in Sand Diego, as the city feels massive pain from the defects of the dangerous synthetic drug.