Elements of the Mexican Federal Police and Army seized more than 211 pounds of methamphetamine and 1.5 pounds of powdered fentanyl during a security checkpoint operation Sunday in Sonora.
Federal Police assigned to the Hermosillo-Santa Ana checkpoint conducted an inspection of a tractor-trailer. After questioning the driver, the trailer was put through a secondary inspection. Federal agents eventually discovered 21 tanks containing 21 individual packages of white granular substances identified as methamphetamine and four plastic containers with fentanyl inside. Agents also found 14.3 pounds of opium base, according to local media reports.
A Breitbart News law enforcement source indicated the load was destined for the Arizona border. The Hermosillo-Santa Ana Highway is a key route for smuggling groups.
Breitbart News reported on recent drug seizures in this area, to include more than 1,045 pounds of methamphetamine and 3.5 tons of marijuana during three separate operations in Baja California and Sonora. Elements of the Mexican Army and state police seized 12,260 fentanyl pills and 34 grams of cocaine at a military checkpoint in Sonora in early April.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.) You can follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org