A major drug bust in San Antonio involves more than $1.1 million worth of the deadly opioid fentanyl. Sheriff Javier Salazar says it was the largest fentanyl seizure in Bexar County history.
The 75,000 pills were disguised as Oxycodone, and the dosage was deadly. Francisco Ortiz is facing federal drug charges. He was busted by a task force that was stormed a San Antonio hotel last night. Fentanyl has been surging across the border with Mexico. The latest numbers show that seizures are 78% higher than last fiscal year.
"We are seeing a rise in fentanyl seizures around the country," said DEA Special Agent Dante Sorianello. "Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin and is used as a heroin substitute. Many times it is being pressed to resemble Oxycodone pills."