NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say they've charged a drug trafficker with smuggling large quantities of fentanyl into the New York City area from Mexico.

Francisco Quiroz-Zamora is scheduled to appear in court in Manhattan on Tuesday to face charges stemming from a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.

Authorities say Quiroz-Zamora was arrested late last year after he traveled to New York to collect a payment from an undercover agent. An indictment charges him in connection with the seizure of more than 44 pounds of fentanyl last year in the Bronx and Manhattan.

Authorities say the drugs were smuggled into Arizona and California then taken to the New York City area.

The name of his attorney wasn't immediately available.

The charges come at a time when seizures and overdose deaths involving fentanyl have skyrocketed.