by Kaylee Greenlee
Around $14.3 million worth of narcotics and several weapons have been seized since the start of February at an Arizona port where officials also arrested a man wanted for murder, Customs and Border Protection announced Tuesday.
Officials seized 440 pounds of methamphetamine, 385,000 tablets of fentanyl, 84 pounds of heroin and almost 13 pounds of cocaine in around 25 instances since Feb. 1, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP). A 28-year-old man wanted for murder in Las Vegas was arrested while in possession of an AR-15 assault rifle, a handgun and over 300 rounds of ammunition.
“I could not be prouder of our officers. Even during a pandemic, they continue to keep dangerous opioids off the streets and keep our communities safe,” Area Port Director Michael Humphries said in a statement.
Border Patrol agents found over $73,000 worth of meth hidden in a vehicle's floorboard and firewall at an immigration checkpoint, following a K9 alert.
— CBP (@CBP) February 15, 2021
A Mexican national driving a truck was arrested Feb. 10 after attempting to smuggle over seven pounds of fentanyl tablets into the U.S. by concealing them in fire extinguishers, according to CBP. More than 250 pounds of methamphetamine and six pounds of cocaine were discovered by officials the same day in a rail car.
The 28-year-old murder suspect was apprehended Feb. 3 while driving a stolen vehicle, according to CBP.
The seizures account for all areas of enforcement including vehicles, cargo, rail cars and pedestrian crossings, according to CBP. People have attempted to smuggle narcotics into the U.S. by hiding drugs in spare tires, concealing them in the dash and even using internal body carriers.
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Kaylee Greenlee is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.