These snaps show how officials in Mexico seized nearly 700 lb of fentanyl hidden inside coconuts bound for the US.
Fentanyl is used in anaesthesia, but it is also used as an illegal recreational drug.
Officials from the Prosecutor-General’s Office in Sonora state seized the drug-stuffed coconuts from a truck on a road in Puerto Libertad.
One image shows how the coconuts had been sawn in half and stuck back together after being filled with bags of fentanyl tablets.
The officials also arrested two people inside the lorry, which, said local media, was destined for the US, which shares a 365-mile-long border with Sonora.
In a statement on 1st December, the Prosecutor-General of the Republic said: “Officials from the Prosecutor-General’s Office (FGR) attached to the Criminal Investigation Agency (AIC) seized approximately 300 kilogrammes of a substance with characteristics of fentanyl in a truck transporting coconuts in Sonora.
“Under the leadership of the Federal Public Ministry’s (MPF) office in Sonora, the Federal Investigative Police (PFM) moved to highway section 26 in Puerto Libertad, where they completed the procedure and managed to arrest two people who were transporting the aforementioned substance.
“The seized haul and the detainees were made available to the MPF, which is carrying out the corresponding investigation.”
Fentanyl is a strong opioid painkiller used to treat severe pain and is typically available only on prescription.
It is used together with other drugs for anaesthesia, but it is also used illicitly as a recreational drug.
It is said to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.
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