Large amount of abandoned fentanyl and meth seized near Amado

Contributed Photo/Courtesy U.S Customs and Border Protection: A Nogales Station Canine Team discovered an abandoned meth/fentanyl load on Thursday.

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

AMADO – A Nogales Station Border Patrol agent and his K9 partner discovered more than 130 pounds of narcotics while patrolling Thursday morning near Amado, Arizona.

On Oct. 5 at around 10 a.m., a K9 team found and seized four abandoned duffel bags containing suspected illicit drugs near the Interstate 19 Immigration Checkpoint. The drugs tested positive for meth and fentanyl, totaling 71.0 pounds of meth, with an estimated street value of $63,796, and 63.3 pounds of fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $416,150.

“This narcotics seizure is significant,” said Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent John R. Modlin. “It not only demonstrates the hard work of this dedicated canine team but also illustrates the need for our agents to be in the field, doing what they do best. In this case, that’s keeping dangerous drugs from reaching our nation’s communities.”

The narcotics were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

To prevent the illicit smuggling of humans, drugs, and other contraband, the U.S. Border Patrol maintains a high vigilance on corridors of egress away from our nation’s borders. Contact Tucson Sector at (520) 748-3000 to report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the comprehensive management, control, and protection of our nation’s borders, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection at and between official ports of entry.