Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reportedly found 19 bricks of what they suspected to be fentanyl while inspecting a commercial tractor-trailer, and two of the bricks were allegedly marked with the CNN logo.
CBP made the seizure Oct. 13 at the Pharr International Bridge Cargo Facility while inspecting the tractor-trailer, WFLA reported Tuesday. CBP allegedly encountered the vehicle in Texas after it arrived from Mexico, and they proceeded to pull the vehicle over and perform an inspection.
Authorities discovered the 19 packages concealed within the tractor following a screening by a canine team and a “non-intrusive inspection,” the outlet continued.
The packages’ weight totaled 44.35 pounds and had a combined estimated street value of $1,036,000, according to WFLA. Images allegedly portraying the seized packages showed at least two bricks that were marked with CNN’s logo.
CPD seizes 44 lbs of fentanyl labeled with ‘CNN’ logo https://t.co/CjtRuUvSoz pic.twitter.com/FaMtNEzSW7
— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) October 17, 2022
“CBP officers intercepted this load of fentanyl, the largest thus far in port history, thanks to great teamwork and the utilization of all available tools and resources,” Port Director Carlos Rodriguez at the Hidalgo/Pharr/Anzalduas Port of Entry told the outlet. “It is important to remember how lethal fentanyl is, which is why our officers always work wearing personal protective equipment and use vital equipment which can identify these dangerous substances before officers handle them.”
Synthetic opioids such as fentanyl are a leading cause of drug-related opioid deaths in the U.S. Cartels who obtain the drug from Chinese manufacturers traffic huge amounts across the open southern border. Fentanyl, which is 50-100 times stronger than morphine, is often laced into other drugs, such as heroin, in order to enhance its effect on the user, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (RELATED: Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Dangers Of Fentanyl While Trying To Own Republicans)
Firefighters in Phoenix, Arizona, have reported a record-breaking increase in calls for opioid and fentanyl overdoses and poisonings in 2022, leading to a shortage of Narcan (Naloxone), the medication used to reverse an opioid overdose.
CNN did not respond to the Daily Caller’s questions and requests for comment regarding the reported discovery.