YUMA, AZ — Mexican prosecutors said Thursday they found an illicit facility with a pill press used to manufacture fentanyl pills in the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado, across from Yuma, Arizona.
The town is better known for its myriad pharmacies, dentist and doctors’ office catering to American visitors.
But federal prosecutors said they detained a man there who had 11 pounds (5 kilograms) of fentanyl pills, 110 pounds of white powder, and 44 pounds of blue powder and an industrial pill press.
Mexican cartels import close fentanyl precursors from China and then press the drug into counterfeit pills made to look like Xanax, Adderall or Oxycodone, a or mix into other drugs. That has lead to tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States, because people often do not realize they are taking fentanyl.