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A shipment of the most powerful opioid on the market known as Fentanyl was intercepted after being shipped to a Philadelphia port from China. The deadly load was intercepted by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers who seized the nearly 110 pounds of Fentanyl after discovering it during a routine check.
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The shipment discovered at the Area Port of Philadelphia contained enough of the drug to kill the entire population of the city 50 times over. The Fentanyl was discovered when a drug-detecting K9 alerted U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers. The drug was found inside barrels of Iron Oxide that had been shipped from China.
It is a testament to the dog's powerful sense of smell that the odor was detected despite being sealed inside barrels of Iron Oxide. When the barrels were opened, officers discovered 50 packages of sealed bags with a white, powdery substance inside. the street value of the seizure is estimated to be worth over $1.7 million.
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U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers say the number of Fentanyl seizures has been trending up over the last several years. The agency started tracking Fentanyl seizures during 2016 when officers seized a total of 440 pounds of the drug across the nation. The number of Fentanyl seizures doubled over the next year reaching 951 pounds in 2017, and 984 pounds so far in 2018.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">URGENT: Flyers placed on the windshields of some <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/HCSO?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#HCSO</a> vehicles this afternoon at 601 Lockwood have tested positive for the opiod Fentanyl. One sergeant who touched a flyer is receiving medical treatment. Call authorities if you see these flyers and DO NOT TOUCH. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hounews?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hounews</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lesm?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#lesm</a> <a href="https://t.co/1mp03U8OGn">pic.twitter.com/1mp03U8OGn</a></p>— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) <a href="https://twitter.com/HCSOTexas/status/1011691412256120833?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 26, 2018</a></blockquote>
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A sheriff deputy in Texas was hospitalized after simply touching a flyer that tested positive for Fentanyl. Only 2 milligrams of the drug is enough to be fatal for most adults.
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