Tijuana Border

Car at the border crossing had almost 80 pounds of fentanyl

Earlier this week, it was not your typical border check. A Tijuana teenager was charged Monday with attempting to smuggle 77.8 lbs. of fentanyl: enough doses to kill 17 million people — half the state of California.

Flavio Diego Rivera Davalos, 19, was arraigned Monday on charges of smuggling the drug through the border crossing at San Ysidro in a 2010 Ford Focus he drove and owned, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

As the car came through border security, a police dog detected the drugs, leading to the discovery of 31 packets of the super potent opioid stashed throughout the car.

Originally developed to combat cancer pain, fentanyl is far more potent than heroin. Two milligrams (1/500th of a gram) may be a lethal dose.

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