According to a report from Fox News, seizures of fentanyl spiked 200% in the month of July, with authorities confiscating 2,100lbs of the deadly drug; the highest amount seized in at least the last four fiscal years.
From Fox News:
The synthetic opioid is typically used for treating severe pain and is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Illicit fentanyl is now primarily made in Mexico from precursors manufactured in China, and then trafficked across the southern land border.
It is frequently cut with other drugs, meaning that users may often be unaware that they are ingesting the potent substance. While the increased seizures show that more of the drug is being caught by border officials — particularly at ports of entry — it has raised fears that, like illegal migrants, more may also be getting past as border traffic increases.
More than 80,000 drug overdoses were linked with fentanyl last year.
“We are seeing a transition with having the most dynamic supply environment this country’s ever seen,” Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, told Fox News Digital in a recent interview. “And what that means is we’re seeing a shift from plant-based or organic compounds, primarily, like cocaine and heroin, to synthetic compounds — compounds that you don’t need large fields and crops to produce, you don’t need a lot of time to produce. You can produce them in small clandestine labs…and these compounds are getting more lethal in smaller amounts.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared the story on Twitter.
“66 people on the terrorist watchlist have been arrested at the border this fiscal year. Fentanyl seizures increased 202% in July. Texas continues to step up to combat the influx of crime & deadly drugs crossing our border. Biden must end this crisis.”
66 people on the terrorist watchlist have been arrested at the border this fiscal year.
Fentanyl seizures increased 202% in July.
Texas continues to step up to combat the influx of crime & deadly drugs crossing our border.
Biden must end this crisis.https://t.co/zJoaAtFmnz
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 17, 2022