Border Patrol agents near Ocotillo, California arrested two alleged drug smugglers after a dog sniffed the presence of Narcotics, the El Centro Sector Border Patrol announced Monday. The arrests were made early Monday following a vehicle stop near State Route 2 and Highway 78. Officers seized 33.5 pounds of fentanyl with an estimated street price of $1.5 million.

Can be used in terrorist attack

Fentanyl alleviates pain without rendering a patient unconscious, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC says fentanyl is 80 times stronger than morphine, and several hundred times stronger than heroin.

The drug can be used by terrorists to contaminate food, water and both indoor and outdoor air. According to the CDC, Russian troops used fentanyl to subdue a large number of terrorists in Moscow in 2002. In addition to absorption through the mouth and lungs, the drug can be absorbed through the eyes.

DEA takes charge

The Border Patrol did not address the subject of what the suspects may have intended to do with the drug. Agents did not identify the suspects by name. They were described as a 29-year-old male lawful permanent resident and a 23-year-old male U.S. citizen. The Border Patrol did not identify the country of origin for the 29-year-old man. The suspects and evidence, including the vehicle, were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The drugs were reportedly packed into 13 plastic bundles and hidden in the car seats.

Meth and Fentanyl

In a separate incident earlier this week, the Border Patrol reported the arrest of two Mexican nationals for allegedly smuggling 1.39 pounds of Fentanyl and 1.18 pounds of Methamphetamine at a border checkpoint on Highway 86.

“Seizures of such potent and dangerous drugs such as this demonstrate the vital role that the men and women of the Border Patrol play in ensuring our communities are a safer place to live,” Acting Special Operations Supervisor Miguel A. Garcia of the El Centro Sector said in a prepared statement.

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