Fentanyl is the deadliest killer out there in out there as it can kill by a single touch depending on how the drug is administered.
The Mexican army announced that its soldiers seized a shipment of cartel drugs at a checkpoint in Sonora on Thursday. Sonora is a northern Mexican state neighboring Arizona. The report released by the Mexican government claims the shipment contained 1.5 tons of meth, 328 pounds of powdered fentanyl, and 46 barrels containing 816,486 fentanyl pills.
Mexican authorities confiscated approximately 1,200 pounds of fentanyl in the northern city of Culiacan last month.
But no matter how hard law enforcement works due to the border polices of the United States most of cartel shipments of the drug reaches the US.
On August 6, Customs and Border Protection officers seized 16 pounds of fentanyl at the Ysleta border crossing. The drug shipment was valued at $1.4 million.
Border Patrol agents busted a man in Temecula, California, for 50 pounds of drugs last week. The bust included seven packages of fentanyl. Temelcula reported to be the epicenter of fentanyl smuggling in America. The town is an hour’s drive north of San Diego.
NEW: CBP says the San Diego area has become epicenter of fentanyl smuggling. CBP has seized 5,000 lbs of fentanyl there since October, representing 60% of what they’ve seized nationwide.
San Diego County fentanyl deaths:
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 12, 2022
This year alone, the Border Patrol has seized 8,425.48 pounds (4.2 tons) of fentanyl.
According to most reports fentanyl is the leading cause of death in Americans ages 18-45. This synthetic drug is 100 times more potent than morphine and 50 times stronger than heroin. The drug was first developed as one among a series of opioid painkillers in 1959.
According to local news Denver7, fentanyl killed 40,010 Americans between April 2020 and April 2021. To give some perspective during in teh same time, 22,442 Americans died in car accidents and 17,114 lost their lives to cancer. Between 2019 and 2021, fentanyl deaths doubled in 30 U.S. states.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott recently blamed Washington’s “open border policies” for the rise of fentanyl overdoses. Texas alone has seen a 4,000% increase in fentanyl seizures over the past three years.
On July 26, Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) said that Washington’s “inability to secure the border has an adverse impact and contributes directly to our inability to stop the flow of drugs into this country.”
The bipartisan Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking issued a final report on February 8, their conclusion : “Mexico is the principle source of this illicit fentanyl and its analogues today. … Without a major shift in U.S. policy, more American sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends will perish.”