Agents seize large quantity of fentanyl at checkpoint

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Agents seized more than 53 pounds of fentanyl from within the bed of a truck stopped at the immigration checkpoint on I-19. 

Contributed Article/Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection

AMADO – U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint near Amado, Arizona, seized more than 50 pounds of suspected fentanyl and arrested the driver of the vehicle Monday morning.

Tucson Sector agents encountered a 33-year-old U.S. citizen female driving a white Ford F-150. A canine alert along with imaging technology led agents to discover a hidden compartment in the bed of the pickup that contained multiple packages of blue pills.

The pills tested positive for the characteristics of fentanyl and weighed more than 53 pounds. 

Agents transferred custody of the suspected fentanyl and the suspect to the Drug Enforcement Administration, who will be pursuing prosecution.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials welcome assistance from the community. Individuals can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling 1-877-872-7435 toll-free. Reporting illicit activity could result in saving someone’s life.