THE executive director of the Customs Administration of Honduras, Fausto Cálix, announced that the 493 kilograms of fentanyl recently seized in Puerto Cortés had as their final destination a drugstore located on Morazán Boulevard in Tegucigalpa, the country’s capital.
According to Cálix, the importation of the opioid presented irregularities, such as expired permits and quantities that did not coincide with those authorized by the Health Regulation Agency (Arsa).
In an interview, the official highlighted that fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid, must be imported in a controlled manner for medical purposes, and any deviation from authorized quantities and corresponding documentation is a cause for concern.
The investigation is ongoing, and although no specific details were given, Cálix stressed the existence of non-legitimate interests in the situation.
The seizure, carried out on November 8 in Puerto Cortés, was considered “historic” by the Honduran authorities.
This opioid, known for its potency and health risks, has generated a crisis in other countries due to its diversion and illegal use.
Authorities have also noted that fentanyl is reportedly being sold and used in Roatán, Bay Islands, raising concerns about possible overdoses and its irreversible effects.