Feds seize enough fentanyl in Arizona to kill every American, plus more

By Jen Krausz on
 June 6, 2023

Between March 6 and May 8, federal agents seized enough fentanyl to kill 450 million people, which is more than the entire population of the U.S., including children and even illegal immigrants.

Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations-Tucson Field Office agents working through “Operation Blue Lotus,” and Border Patrol Tucson and Yuma Sector agents working through “Operation Four Horsemen” seized over a ton of fentanyl along with a large amount of methamphetamine at various border checkpoints.

Two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a fatal dose of the drug.

“Drugs, but especially fentanyl, are decimating communities. But together and with education, we all can make a significant impact in curbing the senseless deaths associated with the sale of these deadly drugs,” Department of Homeland Security Investigations Arizona Special Agent in Charge Scott Brown said when announcing the bust.

Nine cases are being pursued against people at the federal level, and county prosecutors also have local cases.

Many of the seizures resulted in enough fentanyl to kill millions or tens of millions of people. There were a record 109,680 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. last year, and the biggest percentage of them were due to fentanyl.