A 19-year-old U.S. citizen living in Tijuana was arrested Wednesday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry with nearly 11,500 fentanyl pills in what is believed to be the largest batch of fentanyl pills ever seized at the U.S.-Mexico border, federal authorities said.
Cristian Araujo Aguirre is accused of trying to drive across the border with the fentanyl, as well as 61 pounds of methamphetamine and 14 pounds of heroin. He was arraigned Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California on a drug importation charge.
According to Asst. U.S. Atty. Sherri Walker Hobson, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers noticed anomalies in Aguirre’s vehicle when he drove up to the San Ysidro crossing. The officers zeroed in on the front driver’s side door, the rear passenger’s side door and the spare tire.
CBP officers found eight packages of heroin hidden in the vehicle’s firewall and 29 packages of methamphetamine in the doors, a quarter panel and the spare tire, Walker Hobson said.
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PHOTOS: Teen arrested in largest fentanyl bust at San Ysidro port A 19-year-old U.S. citizen living in Tijuana was arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry with 61 pounds of methamphetamine, 14 pounds of heroin and just under 11,500 fentanyl pills, authorities said. The contents of the packages totaled 11,490 fentanyl pills, believed to be the largest port seizure of fentanyl pills across the Southwest border of the U.S., U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said.