PHOTOS: 660 pounds of fentanyl found being smuggled in coconuts

Agents breaking open coconuts that have been filled with fentanyl.
Agents breaking open coconuts that have been filled with fentanyl. Photo credit Photo courtesy of Fiscalía General de la República

They aren’t just used for drinks and fun bikini tops, as police in Mexico say they found 660 pounds of fentanyl pills packed into coconuts traveling in the country’s northern border state of Sonora.

The truck was detected on Thursday, and photos from the bust showed the coconut husks, which had been split in half, filled with the narcotics, and re-assembled, according to prosecutors.

The highway that the truck had been traveling on leads to the border town of Sonoyta, which is across the border from Lukeville, Arizona.

Photos from the bust were released from the office of Mexico’s attorney general. Numerous coconuts can be seen in the photos, as well as the white box truck they were being hauled in.

Coconuts filled with drugs next to the truck they were being transported in.
Coconuts filled with drugs next to the truck they were being transported in. Photo credit Photo courtesy of Fiscalía General de la República
Coconut filled with fentanyl.
Coconut filled with fentanyl. Photo credit Photo courtesy of Fiscalía General de la República

A video shows the agents splitting the coconuts open with the drugs being exposed inside.

Mexico produces the most fentanyl that ends up in the U.S. To manufacture the drugs, chemical precursors imported from China and elsewhere are used, The Associated Press reported.

Fentanyl is responsible for tens of thousands of U.S. overdose deaths every year, as synthetic opioids have become increasingly more common among drug users. The drug has also caused issues with it being presented as Xanax, oxycodone, and Percocet, leaving users unaware of what it really is.

As for the bust, authorities shared that two people were arrested, and investigations are continuing.

Featured Image Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Fiscalía General de la República