Major fentanyl find aboard Maersk vessel

Aboard a Maersk ship in Mexico, authorities have seized 23 tons of fentanyl, a drug 100 times more powerful than morphine.

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Mexican authorities have seized 23 tons of fentanyl aboard a Maersk vessel found during a routine check on Aug. 23, according to Danish media outlet Ekstra Bladet and local media including Tabasco Hoy and La Gran Época.

The ship arrived from China at the Port of Lázaro Cárdenas in the region of Michoacán, Mexico. The fentanyl was found in 931 bags, which reportedly contained calcium chloride, whose uses include road salt, but which concealed fentanyl, an opioid 100 times stronger than morphine.

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