The bust took place at 3 p.m., well after breakfast.

By Mike Pomranz
March 31, 2021

On Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) uncovered just over five pounds of fentanyl—the heroin-like drug that has emerged as the most common cause of overdose deaths in the U.S.—hidden inside breakfast burritos. The illegal substance was sniffed out by a Yuma Sector Border Patrol canine after the driver of a Chevrolet Tahoe was pulled aside for secondary inspection at the Highway 78 immigration checkpoint.

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The drug-sniffing dog tracked the scent from several small packages of fentanyl pills stuffed inside breakfast burritos that had been stashed inside a black backpack. "Smugglers are under the false assumption that they can disguise drugs within food to throw off canines and their handlers," CBP wrote. "On the contrary, canines have the ability to detect a target odor among a myriad of other odors." Perhaps adding to any suspicions, the breakfast burrito bust took place around 3 p.m. in the afternoon, well after breakfast.

Border Patrol says the drugs had an estimated street value of nearly $60,000 and that the suspect, a 37-year-old Lawfully Admitted Permanent Resident, was arrested.

Breakfast has long been billed as the most important meal of the day, but recently, it's apparently become a favorite for smugglers as well. Last month, CBP announced an even stranger find: corn flakes "frosted" with nearly $3 million worth of cocaine. Those drugs were discovered at the Port of Cincinnati en route from Peru to Hong Kong.