Border officials made the largest seizure of fentanyl on Saturday, preventing 254 pounds of the drug from entering the United States, The Republic of Arizona reported Thursday.
The drugs were seized from an 18-wheeler that crossed the United States from Mexico at a port of entry in Nogales, Arizona, according to the newspaper.
The Republic reported that the drugs were hidden in a truck that also carried cucumbers.
"This is the largest seizure of fentanyl at any port of entry," Guadalupe Ramírez, a Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) official who oversees Arizona border crossings, told the newspaper. "In CBP, in the history of CBP, this is the largest seizure of fentanyl."
Fentanyl is a deadly opioid that has been helping to fuel the epidemic of overdose in the United States. The drug is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Drug Control Administration.
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"Normally, the ports of the southwest border are intercepting most of the fentanyl, compared to other ports of entry, airports, seaports, the northern border," Ramirez said, according to the Republic of Arizona.