Wednesday, January 4, 2023

Fentanyl Seizures at the Border Continue to Shatter Records in 2022; DEA Seized Enough Fentanyl Doses to Kill Every American in 2022, and related stories

Fentanyl seizures at the border continue to shatter records in 2022:
Fentanyl seizures at the U.S. border with Mexico have continued to surge in 2022, with multiple busts setting different records throughout the year.
“A decade ago, we didn’t even know about fentanyl, and now it’s a national crisis,” U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman said in a press release in August. “The amount of fentanyl we are seizing at the border is staggering.”
Grossman’s comments came as the Justice Department revealed that ports of entry in San Diego and Imperial counties in Southern California were at the center of a surge in fentanyl seizures at the border, accounting for roughly 60% of seizures of the deadly drug in 2022.
However, that rise has been seen at ports across the border, with law enforcement agencies on both the Mexican and American sides making record-setting busts in 2022. Here are just a few of the border fentanyl busts that made headlines in 2022.
Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez announced earlier this month that Border Patrol agents in the sector had made the “largest” bust of liquid fentanyl in U.S. history.
“Fentanyl Bust!!! Extremely proud of our USBP agents & @NuecesCoSo [Nueces County Sheriff’s Office] authorities who worked together, interdicted, & seized largest amount of liquid #fentanyl in the history of the USA from a traffic stop in Robstown, Texas,” Chavez said on Twitter. --->READ MORE HERE
DEA seized enough fentanyl doses to kill every American in 2022:
The Drug Enforcement Administration revealed Tuesday it seized more than 379 million deadly doses of fentanyl in 2022 — more than enough to kill every single American.
According to a statement from the federal agency, DEA agents confiscated more than 50.6 million fentanyl-laced, fake prescription pills, which is more than double compared to last year, and over 10,000 pounds of fentanyl powder since January.
The highly addictive synthetic opioid is 50 times stronger than heroin. Just 2 milligrams of fentanyl — an amount that fits on the tip of a pencil — is considered a potentially deadly dose.
“These seizures — enough deadly doses of fentanyl to kill every American — reflect DEA’s unwavering commitment to protect Americans and save lives, by tenaciously pursuing those responsible for the trafficking of fentanyl across the United States,” said DEA Administrator Anne Milgram. --->READ MORE HERE
Follow links below to related stories:

Texas flight attendant pleads guilty to smuggling fentanyl in California

Arizona customs officials seized more than 1M fentanyl pills in a week

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