The Mexican army announced on Thursday that it had intercepted a huge shipment of drugs being smuggled into the United States. The seizure took place in Sonora near the border with Arizona. The shipment of cartel drugs included 1.5 tons of methamphetamines, 328 pounds of fentanyl powder, and 46 barrels containing more than 816,000 fentanyl pills.
This week’s seizure follows the capture of 1,200 pounds of fentanyl last month in the northern Mexican city of Culiacan.
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:
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A week ago, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seized 16 pounds of fentanyl with a street value of $1.4 million from a 16-year-old near El Paso. That bust came shortly after Border Patrol agents stopped a man in Temecula, California, carrying seven packages of fentanyl believed to have been smuggled in from Mexico.
So far in 2022, the Border Patrol has captured more than 8,425 pounds of fentanyl on the U.S. side of the southern border.
The plague of Fentanyl overdoses has become the leading cause of death for Americans between ages 18 and 45. Fentanyl is a synthetic drug originally designed by scientists as an opioid painkiller. The drug is considered 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 more powerful than morphine.
The drug reportedly caused the deaths of 40,010 Americans in the 12-month period ending in April 2021. During the same period, around 22,400 Americans perished in car accidents and about 17,000 died from cancer.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has said that Joe Biden’s open border policies have directly caused the surge in fentanyl overdose cases in the Lone Star State. Over the last three years, Texas law enforcement officers have reported a 40-fold increase in fentanyl seizures.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said last month that the Biden administration’s refusal to secure the border contributes directly to law enforcement’s “inability to stop the flow of drugs into the country.”
According to a report in February from the bipartisan Commission on Combating Synthetic Opioid Trafficking, the principal source of fentanyl and related drugs is Mexico. It added that without a “major shift in U.S. policy,” many more Americans will unfortunately perish from the flow of the drug across the border.