According to the report, the train was searched by United States Customs and Border Protection officials as it came into Nogales, Arizona Wednesday.
The train was carrying approximately 736,200 fentanyl pills and 196 pounds of methamphetamines in one rail car, while another batch of drugs were discovered the day before the port seized 150,000 pills hidden under the seats of a vehicle. On Monday, 10,400 fentanyl pills and 6.4 pounds of meth were found in tubes used for construction adhesive.
The seizures by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection come as the Mexican drug cartels continue to flood the southern border with fentanyl and other illicit drugs, according to U.S. Attorneys and Department of Homeland Security Officials.
According to the Daily Mail, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it had captured around 50.6 million fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl and 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in 2022, labeling it the equivalent of ‘more than 379 million potentially deadly doses.’
According to experts, fentanyl has supplanted prescription opioids and heroin in the illegal drug markets. Officials from the DEA have said that the man-made opioids are 50 times more potent than heroin, with just two milligrams of fentanyl considered a potential “deadly dose.”
The findings from the DEA were more than double the amount they seized last year, enough to kill all 330 million Americans.
With the U.S. southern border with Mexico facing mounting problems and restrictions eased by the Biden administration, border officials continue to sound the alarm over the massive influx of migrants and drug cartels coming into the country.
In Congress, lawmakers from both sides have warned the administration of the effects of easing the former Trump administration’s border policies, calling on DHS to collaborate with lawmakers to manage the situation and aid border patrol officials.
Despite outrage from lawmakers, the administration continues to say that the border is secure even as reports of fentanyl overdoses rise throughout the country.