Biggest ever Fentanyl drug bust by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

February 1, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Biggest ever Fentanyl drug bust by U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials in Arizona announced their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured 254 pounds of the drug hidden in a floor compartment of a truck loaded with cucumbers. They also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine. CBP valued the fentanyl at $3.5 million and the methamphetamine at $1.1 million. The sensitive nose of a drug-sniffing dog has led to what federal officials say is the largest seizure in U.S. history of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid blamed for the majority of overdose deaths.

The tractor-trailer was trying to enter the US from Mexico through the border checkpoint in Nogales, Arizona. Authorities said it was driven by a 26-year-old man who was arrested and charged with possessing drugs with the intent to distribute them. His identity and nationality were not immediately available.

President Donald Trump praised the bust in a tweet Thursday, writing: “Our great U.S. Border Patrol Agents made the biggest Fentanyl bust in our Country’s history. Thanks, as always, for a job well done!” Michael Humphries, Nogales Area Port Director, praised his staff for the record-breaking arrest.

CHALLENGE

According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, “Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare.

“The size of a few grains of salt of fentanyl, which is a dangerous opioid, can kill a person very quickly,” Humphries said. The seizure, he said, had prevented an immeasurable number of doses of the drug “that could have harmed so many families.”

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

Failure to save lives is not an option and it is undeniable fact scale of America’s opioid crisis can be daunting.

WHY ICOGNATIVE?

Drug trafficking is the most profitable global illicit business and it has reached epidemic proportions. It comes as no wonder that the criminals involved in this illegal business are getting smarter day by day. Every day criminals are getting smarter and have better tools to evade law enforcement agencies. They adapt to new technologies and learn to hide smuggled contraband materials across borders to profit from the death of innocents. Good news for border agents and bad news for criminals is that they cannot hide their brainwaves like they hide drugs. iCognative by Brainwave Science is a proven and powerful forensic tool that makes it difficult, even impossible, to avoid detection and prosecution for drug trafficking. iCognative technology’s accuracy lies in its technological ability to pick up the brain’s electrical signal – known as a p300 wave – before the suspect has time to influence the output. The split-second bump in electrical activity is a scientifically advanced way to detect information stored in the brain that indicates knowledge of illicit activities. This revolutionary science is becoming a game-changer in the battle against trafficking.

The border agents at Nogales, Arizona did a phenomenal job along with a sniffer dog in appending huge load of this poison that could have taken several innocent lives worsening the opioid addiction. The investigation agents, in this case, must conduct a iCognative test on the driver of the cucumber truck, a 26-year-old Mexican national arrested in this case.  A non-invasive, unbeatable and exceptionally accurate iCognative test conducted can include case related investigation details as Stimuli. In the current situation details such as, date and time of apprehension, location of the truck just before entering border checkpoint, details about the quantity and types of drugs loaded, background information collected about the driver himself and routes of trafficking all such details in the form of words, phrases and pictures can be displayed on a monitor during the test. Within an hour of conducting this revolutionary iCognative test, the investigators can very well understand and uncover what information the driver has in his brain. Such concealed information is crucial to any investigation. The perpetrator’s brain may very well contain details of how drugs are obtained, who is involved in their sourcing and distribution, how they are illicitly transported, what financial transactions take place at various levels, and where the drugs are hidden.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials can utilize this infallible iCognative technology to reach the drug kingpins who hide behind foot soldiers like the perpetrator in this case.

Act in the fight against human and drug trafficking with the use of innovative iCognative technology. By creating tremendous value for law enforcement, iCognative is best positioned to mitigate the complex security risks facing the world today. The results provided by this technology in cases of human and drug trafficking can most often provide new leads and steps closer towards uncovering and stopping new or actual criminal networks and acts.

 

Source: US News
Image Source: Associated Press