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The Mexican army seized 1.5 tons of meth from the truckMEERI News

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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Acting on a tip, Mexican troops seized about 1.5 tons of meth and 328 pounds (149 kilograms) of clear powder fentanyl at a checkpoint in the northern border state of Sonora, the military said Thursday.

Troopers also found 816,486 fentanyl pills packed in 46 drums aboard the truck on Wednesday.

The Defense Department said it had received information that a truck carrying powdered fruit juice in the border city of Tijuana was also carrying drugs.

Mexican cartels often tip off authorities about shipments owned by rival gangs.

Mexican cartels manufacture fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, from precursors imported from China, then they squeeze the drug into counterfeit pills that look like Xanax, Adderall or Oxycodone.

Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are behind a major increase in overdose deaths in the United States. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl can be fatal. This drug is 100 times more powerful than morphine.

People who take counterfeit pills often don’t know they’re taking fentanyl. This has contributed to an increase in overdose deaths.

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