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As a former police officer in Mexico who is unlawfully present in the United States, has been charged with trafficking in human beings is enough fentanyl to kill 10 million people, the Ministry of Justice said Friday.
Assmir Contreras-Martinez, 30, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Texas, he was accused of conspiracy and of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl, the ministry of justice, in a statement said. A synthetic opioid, is commonly added to heroin to increase its potency.
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“Fentanyl has been devastating to communities across the country,” said Nealy Cox, the state attorney of the u.s. for the Northern District of Texas. “We can’t tolerate a situation in which the trade of this lethal drug in North Texas, especially by those who are charged with protecting our communities, and foreign or domestic.”
In May, Contreras-Martinez was pulled over by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper in Amarillo, which was discovered 33 kilos of white powder in his Ford Explorer.
The test turned out to be the substance is fentanyl. The amount is not likely to be enough in order to kill more than 10 million people, according to the experts, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Almost 32,000 people in the united states is a drug overdose of the synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl last year, according to the latest data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“Fentanyl is to be the No. 1 threat to our opioid epidemic in the United States,” said Clyde E. Shelley, Jr. DEA special agent in charge of the Dallas field division. “This seizure is just the potential it has saved millions of lives.”
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Contreras-Martinez told authorities that he was paid $6,000 to disconnect the load from California to Florida. It was his second trip. He was admitted to illegally crossing into the U.S. from Mexico seven months ago, and has worked as a municipal police officer, in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico.
He faces as many as 30 years to life in prison and a possible deportation after serving his sentence.