U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released the latest operational statistics this week and is concerned about the exponential increase in the entry of the drug fentanyl across the southern border. The amount of fentanyl seized during the first few months of fiscal year 2021 is already higher than that of all of 2020.
The CBP has seized more than 5,000 pounds of fentanyl since Oct. 1, 2020, CBP acting Commissioner Troy Miller said, according to an official press release.
“We are seeing a dramatic increase in fentanyl seizures this fiscal year, more than 360 percent higher than this time last year,” Miller said.
Increased drug trafficking in the US
“Nationwide drug seizures increased 50 percent in February from January. Cocaine interceptions increased 13 percent, seizures of methamphetamine increased 40 percent, seizures of heroin went up 48 percent.”
Fentanyl is a highly toxic synthetic opioid, which is attributed to the rising drug overdose death rate in the United States. The raw material generally comes from China, and is then processed and manufactured in Mexico and from there it is exported to the rest of the world, primarily the United States.
The primary chemicals from China are mixed with other narcotics to increase potency and then compressed into pills commonly known as “Mexican oxys.”
Illegal aliens increase drug trafficking
While there is concern about the increase in the amount of narcotics seized, there is even more concern that much more may be coming in due to the number of people entering the United States illegally, following the open borders policy put forth by Biden.
The Biden administration has said there is no crisis at the border, and through discourse urges potential migrants not to enter illegally. But the latest illegal crossing numbers show that February reached a 14-month high with more than 100,000 Border Patrol apprehensions.
Fentanyl coming in through Loa Angeles
Los Angeles remains one of the top targets for Mexican drug cartels fueling the rise of fentanyl in the United States, the report filed by CBP shows.
“While the COVID-19 pandemic plagues this nation, so, too, do transnational criminal organizations and violent street gangs, adjusting to pandemic restrictions to flood our communities with dangerous drugs,” said DEA acting Administrator D. Christopher Evans.
“DEA and our local, state and federal partners continue to adapt to the ever-changing landscape, remaining focused on current threats and looking over the horizon for emerging threats,” he said.
Both the increase in seizures and the increase in apprehensions of illegal aliens are not simply a reflection of good work by law enforcement, but of an increasing flow of people entering across the southern border, which logically leads to a commensurate increase in seizures and apprehensions of illegal aliens.