Along with Arizona police, the Drug Enforcement Administration seized 1.7 million fentanyl pills at the US-Mexico border. This is a record haul that the DEA confirmed, working with Scottsdale Police and the Arizona Attorney General’s Office to conduct a drug raid earlier this month.
Officials estimate that all substances discovered in recent months, including those found in record quantity this week, may have saved 700,000 lives.
“It also included 10 kilograms of powdered fentanyl and one pound of methamphetamine. The total estimated value of the drugs in front of you is $9 million,” said Chief Walther.
The FBI did not say whether any arrests were made or where the undercover operation occurred. Speaking at a press briefing, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram claimed the agency’s newest seizure has helped save thousands of drug overdose deaths.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has warned that Mexican firms are mass-producing bogus prescription medications laced with fentanyl. Arizona serves as a transit point for many of these products.
Dr.Shari Dukes from Arizona lost her son Ethan, 16, in 2019 after taking low-dose hydrocodone laced with fentanyl.
“It’s life-changing,” Dukes said. “I was not the same person that I was before Ethan died. It has given me a pretty singular focus of living life and spreading messages that need to be spread.”
Those messages include giving encouragement and support to parents who have lost a child and guidance on avoiding such tragedies.