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PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized 110 pounds of the deadly opioid fentanyl with an estimated $1.7 million street value Monday in Philadelphia.

CBP officers from the Area Port of Philadelphia conducting routine examinations discovered the fentanyl in a shipment of iron oxide that arrived from China.

A CBP narcotics detector dog alerted to the presence of narcotics inside the barrels of iron oxide.  CBP officers, wearing personal protective equipment, searched through the iron oxide and discovered 50 packages that contained sealed bags of a white, powdery substance.

The article goes on to state the following:

Officers tested the substance using a handheld elemental isotype analysis tool that can identify over 14,000 chemical substances with the use of a laser or infrared beam.  The device identified the substance as fentanyl.

CBP’s Laboratory and Scientific Services (LSS) conducted additional testing and identified the substance as 4-Fluoroisobutyryl Fentanyl, a fentanyl analog and DEA Schedule I controlled substance.

The fentanyl weighed a combined 50 kilograms, or 110 pounds.  High purity fentanyl such as this can sell for over $34,000 per kilogram on the street.

“Opioids, including fentanyl and its analogues, are a serious public health concern, and the importation of vast amounts of this deadly synthetic chemical compound is a national security threat.  Customs and Border Protection remains committed to keeping our communities safe by combating the flow of illicit drugs, including synthetic opioids, into the United States,” said Casey Durst, CBP Director of Field Operations in Baltimore.

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