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Man sentenced after record drug seizure at US-Mexico port

August 7, 2018

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Tijuana college student was sentenced in San Diego to more than seven years in federal prison for smuggling nearly 80 pounds (36 kilograms) of fentanyl into the United States.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports 20-year-old Flavio Diego Rivera Davalos was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in March to a drug importation charge.

Rivera admitted that he attempted to drive through the San Ysidro port of entry last December with the fentanyl in his car.

Federal prosecutors wrote in a March trial brief that It was the largest single fentanyl seizure at any port of entry.

Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Sherri Walker Hobson says that amount of the opioid “would yield 800,000 potentially fatal (doses)” and is valued at about $2.1 million.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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