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Adriana Morfin-Paniagua, an American citizen living in Tijuana, was arrested yesterday (March 8) and charged with importing 47,340 tablets of oxycodone, an opioid, worth at least $1.42 million.

They have an illegal street value of $30 to $40 per tablet.

She was stopped at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry. The seizure is believed to be the largest of oxycodone along the southwest border in the past five years.

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shirleyberan March 9, 2017 @ 10:22 p.m.

Big Pharma should take responsibility for their contribution to addiction.

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MURPHYJUNK March 10, 2017 @ 9:21 a.m.

or counterfeit drugs from china or india

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 10:14 a.m.

Murphyjunk: Could be counterfeit drugs. They are a menace. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 14, 2017 @ 11:31 a.m.

SportsFan0000: "?!" to you, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 10:12 a.m.

shirleyberan: Yes, but properly used, pain pills do a lot of good. Best, Don Bauder

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TommyB March 10, 2017 @ 9 a.m.

Wow, that is a borderline impressive figure. It also sadly speaks to the terrible epidemic of opioid addiction in this country. Sherlyberan is correct, this epidemic (along with heroin) was largely manufactured by the pharma industry and the pursuit of the almighty dollar with zero regard for long term consequences.

I have to wonder if she was being coerced by a cartel to move the pills in that kind of quantity? Especially considering she'll be locked up for a long time for this.

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 10:17 a.m.

TommyB: She was charged with importation of a controlled substance. The maximum penalty is 20 years. You are correct that opioid addiction is a very bad problem in the U.S. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi March 10, 2017 @ 9:10 a.m.

The Trump Administration is ending the addition rehabilitation treatment that was available under ACA. Ironically, the opioid epidemic is largely in the rust belt regions that pushed Trump into the electoral college numbers he needed to win the "election."

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 10:18 a.m.

Ponzi: One general comment of critics of Trumpcare is that it punishes the very people who put Trump in office. Best, Don Bauder

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rjmhrt March 12, 2017 @ 6:46 a.m.

Rehab treatments elimination and increased 3x premium costs of health for Trump's supporters under Trumpcare. So Karma-like. Make Kentucky Great Again.

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Don Bauder March 14, 2017 @ 10:57 a.m.

rmjhrt: Remember in the campaign when Trump promised that he would not alter Social Security and Medicare? Now he proposes to hit Social Security and Medicare, and slaughter Medicaid. What the hell, he figures, poor people don't vote, and the few who do don't vote Republican. "Oh what liars these mortals be." Best, Don Bauder

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Matingas March 10, 2017 @ 10:06 a.m.

Morfin-Paniagua?

Morphine, bread, and water?!

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 10:20 a.m.

Matingas: I confess that when I wrote this I never saw the similarity of Morfin and morphine. Best, Don Bauder

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shirleyberan March 10, 2017 @ 6:20 p.m.

New NFL lawsuit for overprescribed pain meds to players by their doctors. Talk later Don.

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 8:25 p.m.

shirleyberan: Haven't heard of NFL lawsuit but heard today that millions of opioid pills came to a drugstore in a tiny town of 400 in West Virginia. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder March 10, 2017 @ 8:28 p.m.

Mike Murphy: Execute them? That's overkill, but penalties should be increased.

Oh, incidentally, in item above about millions of opioid pills coming to drugstore in tiny W. Virginia town, the traffickers were American drug wholesalers. Best, Don Bauder

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