- Associated Press - Friday, April 15, 2016

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a Mexican man has been charged with smuggling mislabeled painkillers across the border to San Diego.

The U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of California said Thursday that 19-year-old Sergio Mendoza of Tijuana was charged with trying to bring in nearly 1,200 pills that contained fentanyl. They were allegedly labeled oxycodone, a less powerful painkiller.

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations says it is the first time that fentanyl tablets labeled oxycodone have been seized at a California border crossing with Mexico.

Mendoza allegedly hid the pills in his underwear when he crossed on foot at the Otay Mesa port of entry. A border inspector grew suspicious and ordered him aside.


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