Border Patrol K-9 Uncovers 133 Pounds of Fentanyl in Vehicle Stop

Calexico, Calif.: A Border Patrol K-9 team sniffed out 133 pounds of fentanyl hidden in a vehicle during a stop in Calexico, California. The incident occurred on Thursday, May 23, around 12:00 p.m. when Border Patrol agents from the El Centro Sector noticed a suspicious vehicle swerving erratically on Interstate 8.

After conducting records checks, the agents pulled the vehicle over for further questioning. The driver’s inconsistent answers raised suspicion, prompting the arrival of a K-9 unit trained to detect narcotics and concealed persons. The K-9 quickly focused on the vehicle’s floorboards, leading to the discovery of an aftermarket compartment filled with cellophane-wrapped packages. These packages contained thousands of blue pills that tested positive for fentanyl, with a total weight of 133 pounds.

The driver, a U.S. citizen, was arrested, and the vehicle and narcotics were handed over to the Imperial County Narcotics Task Force for further investigation.

“133 pounds of fentanyl can cause devastating harm across America,” said El Centro Sector Chief Gregory Bovino. “Our agents are committed to protecting our borders, and this seizure is a testament to their dedication.”

This seizure is part of Operation Apollo, a comprehensive counter-fentanyl initiative launched on October 26, 2023, in Southern California and expanded to Arizona on April 10, 2024. The operation emphasizes intelligence collection and collaboration among federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial partners to combat fentanyl smuggling into the United States.