UPDATED 1:21 PM PT – Monday, October 11, 2021
The Mexican Navy and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration seized 2.5 tons of methamphetamine and 100,000 fentanyl pills headed to the U.S. Authorities made the bust last week after spotting a speedboat, which was transporting five people in an irregular manner near Ensenada, Mexico.
In addition to the methamphetamine and fentanyl, authorities seized 15 pounds of marijuana and over 700 gallons of gasoline. DEA officials said the narcotics were on the way to the Gulf of California, where they would then have been delivered to various distribution hubs across the U.S.
“You take one percent of that shipment coming to Jacksonville, it’s 50 pounds of meth,” explained DEA Assistant Special Agent Mike Dubet. “Fifty pounds of meth to the Jacksonville area would supply not only Jacksonville, but the surrounding counties for several weeks.”
Two Mexican nationals have been faced with federal charges of conspiracy to import tons of illegal narcotics into the U.S. with a minimum of 10 years in U.S. federal prison upon conviction.