Two Charged for Allegedly Using Potato Chip Containers To Smuggle Fentanyl

Smugglers Reportedly Use Potato Chip Containers To Smuggle Fentanyl

Authorities Catch Suspects With UNBELIEVABLE Haul Of Deadly Substances

( – Fentanyl, a deadly drug, has been on law enforcement’s radar for years. It has direct links to overdose deaths throughout the US. When officials in Washington learned about a pair of men bringing the substance into Whatcom County, they partnered with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents to stop them.

During an investigation, authorities received a tip that Juan E Hernandez-Hernandez was picking up a delivery of fentanyl in Bellingham. HSI set up surveillance and caught Alejandro Macias-Velazquez dropping off drugs stuffed into potato chip containers packaged in boxes and placed inside a duffle bag. The suspects were then arrested and charged for their alleged roles in the scheme.


Prosecutors indicted the pair on July 22 on possession and conspiracy charges related to the apparent intended distribution of the fentanyl. According to The Bellingham Herald, Hernandez-Hernandez allegedly told agents he knew what was in the duffle bag, but Macias-Velazquez reportedly claimed he was unaware of its contents. The men remain in a federal detention center.

The Bellingham Herald said the Whatcom Gang and Drug Task Force has seen an increase in the number of seizures of the synthetic opioid. It removed around 120,000 pills containing fentanyl from circulation in 2021. Sheriff Bill Elfo said the drug has become so readily available that its price on the street has hit rock bottom, the news outlet reported.

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