Record Amounts of Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Seized in San Diego | Medications | Local News

Record Amounts of Methamphetamine and Fentanyl Seized in San Diego | Medications

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A truck driver has been arrested after attempting to smuggle record amounts of methamphetamine and fentanyl from Mexico to the United States, federal prosecutors said Monday.

More than 17,500 pounds (7,930 kg) of methamphetamine and 389 pounds (176 kg) of fentanyl were discovered last Thursday, hidden inside a semi-trailer at the Otay Mesa port of entry in San Diego , according to a statement from the US attorney’s office. .

Seizures are the largest for either drug in the United States for 2020 and 2021, the statement said.

Carlos Martin Quintana-Arias, a Mexican citizen, faces federal drug charges. It was not known on Monday if he had a lawyer.

The driver’s manifesto said his truck contained body parts, but “anomalies” were detected in the trailer by an x-ray machine and a drug sniffer dog, the statement said.

The arrest comes as overdose deaths in the United States rise and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, is blamed for the rise. The drug, which is much more potent than heroin, is often found in other substances such as pain relievers or cocaine.

The number of drug overdose deaths in the United States increased by nearly 30% in a 12-month pandemic period, compared to the previous year, according to data recently released by the CDC. In the past year, fentanyl has been involved in over 60% of overdose deaths.

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