The flow of fentanyl at the southern border is the highest in U.S. history and the current trend to legalize drugs could destroy the country, warned a former head of the DEA in a recent interview.
Kyle Williamson, who until recently was the head of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) delegation in El Paso, Texas one of the largest in the country, made serious warnings regarding the insecurity at the border that has allowed the massive influx of synthetic drugs such as fentanyl, one of the leading causes of overdose deaths in the United States.
“It’s the worst it’s ever been. There’s no good news here. And the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl coming in right now is unprecedented,” Williamson said in an interview with the El Paso Times.
“This year our fentanyl seizures are up 524% and when considering that two every five pills of fentanyl that we are seizing kill you… that’s beyond serious,” the former DEA agent exclaimed.
So far in 2021, nearly 10 million counterfeit pills were seized – more than the previous two years combined – containing at least two milligrams of fentanyl enough to kill a person.
The biggest problem is that these pills come ‘disguised’ as Xanax, Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin which are medications usually prescribed for body aches and pains and so often the fatal victims do not know what they are consuming.
The pills are manufactured in Mexico, but the chemical components come from China.
In September the DEA issued a public alert for an increase in fentanyl overdose deaths from counterfeit pills.
“These counterfeit pills are easy to purchase, widely available, and often contain deadly doses of fentanyl. Pills purchased outside of a licensed pharmacy are illegal, dangerous, and potentially lethal,” the DEA said in its statement.
Williamson cited meth as another of the DEA’s big concerns and one whose seizure volume increased 200 percent this year.
Drug legalization could destroy the country
The former DEA chief, who served for 30 years and traveled to different countries to combat the scourge of drug trafficking, said the legalization of drugs like marijuana is the door to other more potent and deadly drugs eventually being legalized.
“One of the reasons we’re in the situation that we are in today is the result of drugs that were legal, opioids, that were legal (and) over prescribed,” said Williamson who said he is absolutely opposed to drug legalization.
The former DEA agent argued that the legalization of marijuana, which has led minors to start consuming it, is the gateway to other stronger and deadlier drugs so the risks of legalizing it outweigh the benefits.
“Marijuana is a gateway drug and people have to realize that when we talk about legalizing marijuana, again, we’re increasing that level of acceptability” of drug use,” Williamson said.
According to US News, there are twenty states in the United States where ‘recreational’ marijuana use is legal.
“While there will be pundits and people out there who’ll disagree (about drug legalization) and they’ll take the small extreme things and make them big, but the reality is that drugs will destroy this country; it will destroy our society if we continue at the pace that we are (going),” Williamson said.