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Border Patrol agents intercept $1.7M in fentanyl from China detected by drug-sniffing dog at Philadelphia port

July 3, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Border Patrol agents intercept $1.7M in fentanyl from China detected by drug-sniffing dog at Philadelphia port

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A customary inspection at a port in Philadelphia last week led to the seizure of $1.7 million worth of the deadly opioid fentanyl, which had been sent from China.

A drug-sniffing K9 signaled to the presence of the fentanyl inside barrels of iron oxide, according to a US Customs and Border Protection press release.

Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection discovered 50 packages of the “white, powdery substance,” a CBP release revealed. Officials later identified the substance as fentanyl.

The drugs weighed 110 pounds and was worth an estimated street value of $34,000 per kilo.

“Opioids are a serious public health concern, and the importation of vast amounts of this synthetic chemical compound is a national security threat,” the CBP release stated. “Customs and Border Protection remains committed to keeping communities safe by combatting the flow of drugs, including synthetic opioids, into the U.S.”

Fentanyl seizures have reportedly been on the rise since the agency started to record the seizures in 2016. In that year, officers intercepted 440 pounds across the country. The number increased to 984 pounds by April 2017.

Last week, the Philadelphia Inquirer revealed that 20 crack cocaine users had overdosed during the preceding ten days. Two of those people had unknowingly taken fentanyl.

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