U.S.-Mexico Border

Smuggler busted with almost 80 pounds of fentanyl at U.S.-Mexico border, authorities say

Smuggler busted with almost 80 pounds of fentanyl at U.S.-Mexico border, authorities say

A 19-year-old Tijuana man was charged Monday with trying to smuggle nearly 80 pounds of fentanyl into the United States after one of the largest seizures of the deadly drug at the border with Mexico, authorities said.

Flavio Rivera Davalos tried to cross the border at the San Ysidro Port of Entry about 9:30 a.m. Saturday, according to court documents and the San Diego U.S. attorney’s office. Customs and Border Protection officers searched Davalos’ 2010 Ford Focus after a drug-sniffing dog reacted to the rear of the car.

During the search, officers found 31 packages of fentanyl hidden throughout the car — in the quarter panels, rear seats, firewall and a speaker box,...

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