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As President Joe Biden’s immigration crisis spirals out of control, drug trafficking criminals are taking advantage of the porous border by continuing their attempts to bring narcotics into the United States. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, “officers working at the El Paso area ports of entry intercepted 714 pounds of methamphetamine, 105 pounds of fentanyl, 32 pounds of heroin, and 660 pounds of marijuana since the beginning of December.”
CBP made that announcement on Tuesday, December 14. Experts say that one kilogram of fentanyl — or roughly two pounds — is enough to kill approximately 500,000 people. That means 104 pounds is enough to kill more than 23,500,000 people.
Officials report that most of the fentanyl came over a period of two days:
On Dec. 10, CBP Officers working at the Paso Del Norte Border Crossing discovered more than 24 pounds of heroin concealed in the quarter panels of a SUV, driven by a 44-year-old male, Lawful Permanent Resident from Oklahoma. The following day, CBP Officers selected a Ford F-150 driven by a 38-year-old female, U.S citizen, for inspection. The inspection led to the discovery of more than 73 pounds of fentanyl.
Earlier last week, “CBP officers working at the Santa Teresa Cargo facility intercepted 524 pounds of methamphetamine and more than 2 pounds of fentanyl. A Non-Intrusive inspection revealed inconsistencies in the roof of a Kenworth tractor-trailer where CBP Officers discovered the narcotics.”
The drug busts come less than a month after a report showed that record amounts of Americans are dying from drug overdoses, as reported by The Daily Wire:
More than 100,000 people died of drug overdoses in the one-year period ending in April of this year, according to a report from The Associated Press.
Based on available data from death certificates, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that between May 2020 and April 2021, 100,300 Americans were killed by overdoses. Since reports of drug overdose deaths can take months to be finalized, the count is not official, only an estimate made based on the 98,000 reports the CDC has received so far this year.
Recently, GOP lawmakers introduced an amendment to the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, in an attempt to crack down on fentanyl producing countries like China who often bring these drugs into Mexico and other countries where they are then smuggled into the U.S:
Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Peters, worked across the aisle to tack on an amendment to a major defense spending bill that would aim to withhold foreign aid to nations that have loose regulations around producing and exporting illicit fentanyl and its numerous chemical variations.
“Nations where fentanyl traffickers and producers operate freely, are on notice: help stop the illegal flow of fentanyl into our country or face consequences for your complicity in the opioid crisis,” Mr. Toomey said in a statement. “After losing far too many Americans to fentanyl and other opioids, it is beyond time we hold countries accountable for allowing fentanyl to be produced and exported to the U.S.”
On December 10, seven GOP lawmakers led by Congressman Greg Murphy of North Carolina wrote a letter to Biden, demanding that his administration take control of the southern border:
“We write to you today as members of the House GOP Doctors Caucus to express our grave concern regarding the fentanyl drug crisis that has engulfed our nation as a result of the crisis at our Southern Border. Counterfeit fentanyl and fentanyl-laced poisons are flooding across our border in record numbers. It is our duty and obligation to get this crisis under control as matters of national security and public health.
They continue, “It is clear to us as health care professionals and lawmakers that to manage the fentanyl drug crisis, our first priority must be to take control of our border.”
While some may say the latest stats regarding the heavy drugs is evidence that Biden has a strong border, critics should keep in mind that last April border patrol agents told The Washington Post that they were struggling to keep up the heavy influx of people under Biden:
While CBP has never claimed to interdict every border-crosser, the number of “got aways” recorded in recent weeks is the highest in recent memory, said two of the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the data. The agency defines a “got away” as an individual who is not turned back to Mexico or apprehended, and is no longer being actively pursued by Border Patrol.