Two illegal immigrants, who were arrested by authorities in Michigan earlier this month following the discovery of 20,000 fentanyl pills inside their vehicle, claimed that they were transporting the said dangerous drugs for a Mexican cartel.
The illegal migrants were apprehended on April 8 in Sterling Heights when police officers tried to pull over a BMW car that has tinted windows, according to a FOX2 Detroit report.
The male driving the car refused to pull over, which led officers on a short chase to a dead end. The said driver tried to escape on foot, but he was quickly arrested soon after.
According to the officers, they found 20,000 fentanyl pills in the car’s compartments. The said drugs were disguised as Oxycontin prescription pills. The officers also discovered 500 grams of powder fentanyl
The illicit drugs they have discovered have an estimated street value above $350,000, according to authorities.
Police arrested the driver and a female passenger, both of whom are illegal immigrants from Mexico. The two allegedly confessed to officers that they were transporting the drugs for a Mexican drug cartel.
According to the police, the amount of fentanyl seized could have caused the deaths of thousands of people.
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is around fifty times stronger than heroin and a hundred times more potent than morphine. It could kill people or cause serious bodily harm.