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Friday, June 3, 2022

Border Patrol Seizes 130 Pounds of Fentanyl During Freeway Stops in Temecula, California

"Socalj" for Borderland Beat

In both busts, the drugs were hidden inside the vehicles, a Chevy Tahoe's gas tank and Jeep Liberty's tires.

Just before the Memorial Day holiday got underway, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents who serve out of Murrieta's Newton Azrak station intercepted two fentanyl hauls on Interstate-15 in Southwest Riverside County.

While arrests were made and about 130 pounds of the illicit narcotic were seized during the busts that came over a 48-hour period, the incidents were notable due to the thousands of potential poisonings that could have occurred if the drug made it to the streets.

Nearly 90 pounds of fentanyl was seized from inside the gas tank of a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The first bust occurred around 10:50 a.m. on May 24 after border patrol agents stopped a 2008 Chevrolet Tahoe that was heading north on Interstate 15 into Temecula, just north of the Border Patrol checkpoint that is 70 miles north of the US-Mexico border. 

Agents searched the vehicle and found 67 packages stowed in the gas tank, according to U.S. Border Patrol/San Diego Sector Special Operations Supervisor Tekae Michael. Sixty-five of the bundles contained pills that tested positive for fentanyl and another two packages contained fentanyl powder, Michael reported. The total haul weighed just under 90 pounds and had a street value exceeding $900,000, according to Michael.

The narcotics along with the Tahoe driver and passengers, all U.S. citizens. were turned over to Homeland Security Investigations and the multi-agency Inland Crackdown Allied Task Force. Arrest records were not available. The Tahoe was seized by border patrol.

In a released statement, Eddy Wang, acting special agent in charge for HSI Los Angeles, said his agency in partnership with the U.S. Border Patrol and INCA. is dedicated to preventing "this poison from hitting our streets." According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl is considered a potentially lethal dose. One pound of fentanyl contains 453,592 milligrams.

Fentanyl and heroin were seized from inside the tires of a Jeep Liberty.

About 48 hours after the bust, another one occurred in about the same area of Southwest Riverside County. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on May 26, border patrol agents stopped a white Jeep Liberty heading north on the interstate.

During that vehicle search, agents found 42 packages stowed in four tires that had after-market compartments, 34 bundles contained fentanyl powder, and eight contained heroin, according to Michael. The fentanyl weighed 39.5 pounds and had an estimated street value of $474,000. The heroin weighed 26.9 pounds and had an estimated street value of $345,600, Michael reported.

The driver, a Mexican national, was booked on state charges. The narcotics and vehicle were seized by border patrol, according to Michael. It's not clear what prompted agents to stop the vehicles and search them. Michael did not indicate whether the two incidents were linked.

So far this fiscal year, San Diego Sector U.S. Border Patrol agents, including those from the local Murrieta station, have seized over 560 pounds of fentanyl and 128 pounds of heroin, according to Michael. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection fiscal year begins October 1.

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  1. Stupid question coming. But do people actually tell their dealers they seek Fentanyl pills? Any idiot knows how potent and deadly it is.

    1. Yup 100%. Believe or not most people who consume these know what they are. The people who OD on them are usually the ones thinking they’re Percocets/Xanax/Vicodins etc

    2. What happens is you’re either prescribed painkillers/getting them from someone and you/they cut off. Or you were doing heroin. You can’t just stop after years of usage so you buy what you can so you can go to work etc

    3. I suppose these days probably but back in like 2019, 2020 and even 2021 a little bit; most people thought they were just getting real oxycodone or Xanax. I think everyone’s kind of gotten the memo by this point now so it’s mostly addicts which is interesting. Casual usage has probably dropped dramatically. It’s probably just all addicts doing it now.

  2. Mejor traguen miaos o agua de trapiar pinshis viciosos pendejos,
    At least let somebody know who induced you to the vicio and where.

  3. Fellow comprades keep bringing in the Fentanyl let's see how many die, all the while you're pockets get padded with money. I am guessing 90,000 addicts will die to overdoses.

    1. Vast majority of those 90,000 are not addicts..

  4. ese ya traia dedo

    1. 12:57 ora trai todo el brazo,
      hasta el codo...

  5. My cousins husband is BP in Diego and the father also and for long time I ask about drugs coming in the border father literally said its impossible to stop drug trafficking even with all the bust its small percentage getting intercepted

  6. The city of Commerce, California is ground zero for Sinaloa Cartel drug trafficking in Cali. They control the entire city. Their principle money Launderer is Jesús Mariscal.


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