Turning the tide: How smugglers traffic fentanyl across the U.S.-Mexico border and how authorities try to stop it

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

Fentanyl sent shockwaves through the drug underworld of the United States. A synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, fentanyl is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S. Plenty of reason for authorities to be extra vigilant on smuggling attempts.

“Sixty percent of all fentanyl seized in the United States is found at U.S-Mexico border crossings in Southern California,” the port director at the San Ysidro Port of Entry between San Diego and Tijuana told CBS News. “More than 65,000 vehicles cross the San Ysidro Port of Entry every day. Marin said they first saw fentanyl in 2008, and that it has skyrocketed since fiscal year 2019.”

What tactics are smugglers using? And how can authorities stop them? Read Concealed bundles, sophisticated tunnels: How fentanyl crosses the U.S.-Mexico border at CBS News.

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