Border town high school students caught with $50k worth of fentanyl on campus

Alessandra Cardenas-Hernandez (L), Noemi Hernandez-Madrigal (R). Credit: Yuma County Detention Center.

Two 18-year-old students along the US-Mexico border were caught moving a large quantity of fentanyl pills, with a street value of around $48,000.

Noemi Hernandez-Madrigal and Alessandra Cardenas-Hernandez were arrested alongside an unnamed minor after they were caught with 3,200 blue fentanyl pills.

The bust took place at a school in San Luis, Arizona, a largely Hispanic city of about 33,000 people along the US-Mexico border.

All three were charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a narcotic drug and possession of illegal drugs in a drug-free school zone, according to the Daily Mail.

San Luis Police Lieutenant Marco Santana noted that the area is a heavy drug-trafficking zone.

“We happen to be a border city, so we’re on the front lines. It’s gonna be smuggled through our city,” Santana said. “But the main thing here is that we continue to combat that opiate issue that we have, not just here.”

Local law enforcement, paramedics and even school nurses in the area are issued Narcan, just in case an overdose takes place while on duty.

The two young women are being held without bond.

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