Tablets believed to be laced with fentanyl are displayed at the Drug Enforcement Administration Northeast Regional Laboratory on October 8, 2019 in New York. (Photo by DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images)
UPDATED 9:28 AM PT – Thursday, December 30, 2021
The Drug Enforcement Administration along with Arizona police seized a record 1.7 million fentanyl pills at the U.S.-Mexico border. The DEA confirmed it teamed up with Scottsdale Police and Arizona’s Attorney General’s Office to carry out the drug bust earlier this month.
The agency did not give details of any arrests or the specific location of the sting operation. During a press conference, however, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram said the agency’s latest seizure helped prevent thousands of overdose deaths.
“DEA agents in Arizona seized approximately 1.7 million pills and 13 pounds of fentanyl in a single operation,” she announced. “I am confident that the DEA agents and the task fore officers prevented a significant number of overdoses and overdose deaths with just that seizure alone.”
Fentanyl overdoses account for thousands of deaths in the U.S. every year. The DEA said it has seized more than 20 million deadly fake pills and over 15,000 pounds of fentanyl powder this year.