Brazen drug cartels now smuggling fentanyl between ports of entry – seizures of drug up 4,000%

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EL PASO, TX- NBC News reported that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents in the El Paso sector of the southern border stated they have seen a staggering 4,000 percent increase in fentanyl seizures over the last three years. 

Those busts, however, are are not at ports of entry, where most smuggled drugs are typically found. The Border Patrol agents stated that the rising amount of fentanyl is instead being found in the desert, being transported by brazen smugglers who are exploiting already stretched federal resources.

During a portion of an interview with NBC, which aired on June 29th, El Paso, Texas Sector Chief Border Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez said that “for the first time fentanyl is being smuggled” into the U.S. “between the ports of entry.” She stated:

“For the first time, we’re starting to see these tactics where fentanyl is being smuggled between ports of entry. Cartels are very creative. They find ways to intimidate migrants and find ways to illegally have them transport that narcotic into the United States.”

Reportedly, in 2018, Border Patrol in the El Paso sector found just one pound of fentanyl outside ports of entry. In 2019, two pounds and in 2020, nine pounds. So far, during the 2021 fiscal year, agents have found 41 pounds.

Experts allege that this dramatic rise is due to the increasing role drug cartels play in producing the illicit drug themselves with raw materials from China.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal, depending on the person’s body size. One kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill 500,000 people. To put it in perspective, a kilogram is roughly 2.2 pounds.

DEA sources confirmed that fentanyl is becoming the drug of choice for cartels because it is highly profitable, extremely potent, and easier to smuggle into the U.S. because of its small size.

Within one hour on June 28th, Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol (RGV) agents seized more than $400,000 worth of marijuana illegally smuggled into the United States. Agents working east of Rio Grande City found two abandoned bundles of marijuana.

The bundles weighed in at 23 pounds and was valued at more than $18,000. The drugs were turned over to the DEA. RGV agents working near the community of Refugio saw some people running north from the Rio Grande.

Upon agents identifying themselves to the smugglers, they abandoned their cargo and absconded back to the river. Agents seized seven bundles of marijuana that weighed more than 240 pounds. The cargo was valued at more than $348,000.

On Sunday, June 27th, Border Patrol agents at the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge discovered and seized 49 packages containing 58.06 pounds of heroin concealed within a vehicle. The narcotics have an estimated street value of $1,317,000.

CBP seized the narcotics and the car. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations special agents for further investigation. Port Director Alberto Flores, Laredo Port of Entry, said in a statement:

“Drug smugglers will go to extreme lengths to ensure their illegal contraband avoids detection. Fortunately, our frontline officers employ an array of high-tech tools, canines, and inspections experience which helps CBP interdict dangerous drugs and aids in the prosecution of drug traffickers.”

On the afternoon of June 28th, Border Patrol agents in Salineno, Texas seized more than 1,000 pounds of marijuana. Border agents saw around 20 people smuggling drugs into the U.S. The smugglers abandoned 14 bundles and ran away. Agents stated they were seen going into Mexico.

The 14 bundles were later discovered to be marijuana and weighed approximately 1,040 pounds, which has a street value of more than $835,000. The seized narcotics were turned over to the DEA.

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Report: Southern border could see as many as 1.2M illegal immigrants in 2021

April 13th, 2021

A recent analysis conducted by a Princeton Policy Advisor suggests that the southern border could see over 1 million illegal immigrants by the end of 2021, so long as current immigration trends continue as is.

If current illegal immigration levels persist as a result of President Joe Biden’s approach to immigration, Princeton Policy Advisor Steven Kopits estimates that federal immigration officials could encounter as many as 1.2 million illegal immigrants by the end of 2021.

The report comes after nearly 170,000 people were apprehended crossing the border, including over 18,600 unaccompanied minors, roughly 53,000 family units, and approximately 97,000 single adults.

Kopits noted in the analysis:

“At the current pace, apprehensions for calendar year 2021 could be forecast at 1.2 million, following the precedents of 2005 and 2006.

“As a result, barring a major modification of Biden administration policy, we might expect a level of illegal immigration this year not seen since the Great Recession. The situation is fairly described as a border crisis and a rolling policy disaster.”

With respect to immigration, the Biden administration has received a reasonable amount of criticism, with some claiming that the administration has built de facto channels for illegal immigrants and border crossers.

Tens of thousands of individuals who’ve illegally crossed into the county are being released into the country’s interior, with illegal migrants currently in the country having a slim chance of being deported because the current administration has redirected agencies to essentially focus only on illegal immigrants found guilty of certain aggravated felonies.

With a seemingly apathetic approach to immigration enforcement, it’s no surprise that most Americans are dissatisfied with President Biden’s handling of the border crisis, according to recent polling data.

According to an AP-NORC poll released back in March, roughly 55% of adults in the United States disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the border, whereas 56% said they don’t approve of his approach to immigration.

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Earlier in April, Law Enforcement Today shared a report highlighting one of the concerning aspects related to the surge in illegal immigration ongoing along the southern border: the issue of “criminal aliens”. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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TEXAS – According to a recent report from Breitbart News, Border Patrol agents have arrested over 4,500 illegal immigrants classified as “criminal aliens” since the onset of the 2021 Fiscal Year for the agency.

While technically everyone who enters the country without inspection can be found guilty of said offense, illegal immigrants classified as “criminal aliens” bear said classification due to hosting serious prior criminal convictions.

With the Border Patrol continuing to meet the increasing demands of migrants traffic this fiscal year, one law enforcement source reportedly told Breitbart Texas that more than 4,500 illegal immigrants with serious criminal backgrounds have been arrested since October 1st, 2020.

For those unaware, the Border Patrol’s fiscal year begins in October.

The Border Patrol does not use the terms “illegal alien” or “illegal immigrant” to identify migrants who have committed separate immigration offenses.

Instead, the term “criminal alien” is only applicable to migrants who have been convicted of state or federal offenses such as murder, rape, sexual assault, burglary, robbery, and various other criminal offenses.

Border Patrol agents were said to have arrested eight people near Mission, Texas on March 19th, 2021. The agents who ran a records check among the group found that one of the Hondurans in the party had already been arrested in 2007 by the Suffolk County Police Department in New York.

The Honduran was reportedly accused of rape, forcible compulsion, and a history of sexual activity with a child. He was given a nine-year prison sentence.

Border Patrol agents working near Falfurrias, Texas, had detained a Mexican national two days earlier, on March 17th, who was reportedly arrested for rape back in 2015 by the Sandy Springs Police Department in Georgia.

In that case, the man was found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison, but he only served five years behind bars before getting released.

According to CBP estimates, the number of sex offenders apprehended in southern California is expected to double in Fiscal Year 2021 compared to the previous year. In 2019, the San Diego Sector started keeping records of the number of sex offenders apprehended by the agency each year.

Despite the fact that only a small percentage of those illegally crossing the border have lengthy criminal histories, the source that spoke to Breitbart is reportedly worried that more criminal aliens are avoiding capture.

Reportedly fewer Border Patrol agents are being assigned to regular duty as the agency collectively struggles to process and provide humanitarian aid for the new influx of migrants at the southern border.

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