CBP seized a shipment of fentanyl tablets disguised as tamales at the Arizona-Mexico border on Thursday, according to Nogales port director Michael W. Humphries on Twitter.
According to Humphries’ tweet, the Wednesday seizure included around 2,100 fentanyl tablets concealed within the tamales that were inside a cooler.
According to government records, CBP officers intercepted nearly 12,000 pounds of fentanyl at the southern border between October 2021 and August 2022.
The Nogales port of entry has been the location of several fentanyl seizures; on Sunday, investigators discovered a new form of rainbow fentanyl that had the rainbow hues blended in each tablet.
CBP inspectors stationed at the port confiscated over 625,000 fentanyl tablets in various August arrests.
Fentanyl has been largely blamed for a majority of the hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths the U.S. has experienced in recent years.