Drug Trafficking

$2 Million in Fentanyl, Heroin, Meth Seized at CBP Checkpoints

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and Border Patrol agents seized 169 pounds of methamphetamine, 90 pounds of heroin, 11 pounds of fentanyl, and 29 pounds of cocaine during the past week at five separate vehicle inspection checkpoints in California and Arizona. 

CBP officers seize heroin, fentanyl, meth, and cocaine from an SUV crossing the border from Mexico into Arizona. (Photo: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

Mexican Judge Releases 27 Cartel Members Caught in Mexico City Raid

A federal judge in Mexico City ordered the release of 27 out of a group of 31 cartel members arrested by authorities earlier this week. The arrests resulted from a large-scale raid that led to the discovery of narco-labs, bunkers filled with drugs, a rocket launcher, grenades, and several weapons. In that raid, authorities also discovered various altars with human skulls and other offerings used in witchcraft rituals.

Mexico City Raid

Enough Fentanyl to Kill 14 Million Seized in Mulit-State Investigation

Federal authorities seized enough fentanyl to kill more than 14 million people following an investigation that covered Texas, North Carolina, and Virginia. The busts resulted in the arrests of 35 people and the seizure of distribution quantities of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and cocaine base. Investigators also found weapons and cash during a three-day operation.

US drug overdose deaths surge amid fentanyl scourge

U.S. Treasury Cracks Down on Chinese Fentanyl Traffickers

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced a crackdown on the “Chinese drug kingpins fueling America’s deadly opioid crisis.” The individuals and organizations designated for Treasury action deal in powerful synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil, which are often mixed into other street drugs without the knowledge of customers, resulting in countless deaths by overdose.

The US opioid epidemic is accelerating, with hospital emergency room visits for overdoses from drugs like heroin, fentanyl and prescription painkillers up 30 percent from 2016 to 2017, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Eagle Scout Charged in Utah Opioid Distribution Scheme

The trial for a former Eagle Scout accused of making millions of dollars in an online opioid distribution scheme faced a Utah jury on Monday. He is accused of importing fentanyl from China and then making knockoff oxycodone and Xanax pills.

Mugshot of Aaron Shamo -- Weber County, Utah, Sheriff's Office.