Agents Set New Record With Fentanyl Seizures

Agents Set New Record With Fentanyl Seizures

( – It’s impossible to know what percentage of a drug US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers are able to seize at the US border versus what makes it into the country. However, Americans do know the agency in charge of inspecting goods at the border set a new record over the past 12 months with the amount of fentanyl it seized.

Fentanyl is an insanely strong opioid that’s extremely easy to overdose on, making it incredibly dangerous in the hands of an addict. These characteristics also make it easier to smuggle, as traffickers can transport it in smaller packages and still bring in a hefty profit. It appears quite a bit of this drug has made it into the US, as opioid deaths have increased over the past year.

CBP obviously tries to stop all illegal drugs from making it into the US, and its newly released numbers show the agency seized 11,201 pounds of Fentanyl from October 2020 until September 2021, a record over double the previous year. This is equivalent to 2.5 billion deadly doses.

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) shared his opinion of the news on Twitter:

While it’s good that CBP is seizing these lethal drugs, these numbers likely represent just a fraction of what the drug cartels and smugglers are actually getting into the US. As drug addiction and overdoses continue to rise, Fentanyl is one of the key opioids that will only continue to fuel this epidemic. What can stem this rising tide? Perhaps strengthening the Border is a good start.

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