The year 2020 may go down in history as the year a record amount of fentanyl is seized at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB).
You know, the ones that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez compared to “Nazis” who run “concentration camps.”
Yeah, those guys.
Recent data is showing that drug cartels have shifted their focus from importing cocaine and heroin over to fentanyl. And seizure statistics are bearing that out.
Data from the CBP Office of Field Operations shows a dramatic increase in methamphetamine seizures at U.S. ports of entry during the first three months of FY2020.
Officers seized 40,882 pounds in total over the three-month period. Last year for the entire year CBP seized 68,858 pounds. The total last year was the most ever recorded in a single year.
Fentanyl seizures last fiscal year were also the highest-ever recorded at 2,545 pounds. The first three months of 2020 has seen 530 pounds seized.
Office of Field Operations Nationwide Drug Seizures
Numbers below reflect FY 2014 – FY 2019 and FY20 To Date (TD).
Fiscal Year 2020 runs October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2020.
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What makes all of this more significant is the fact that every Democrat running for president is seemingly seeking to virtually eliminate the border with Mexico.
Given the significant publicity that the current opioid crisis has had nationally, one has to wonder what exactly the Democrats are thinking when it comes to the border. These statistics prove that not only is illegal immigration an issue at the border but so too is the influx of drugs.
And let us not forget, the vast majority of these seizures are taking place at ports of entry. We have no idea how much is coming across the border via smuggling or other means where they come across the border at other than ports of entry.
Last month, CBP agents seized 254 lbs of fentanyl, in addition to 395 lbs. of methamphetamine in a truck at the official U.S.-Mexico border crossing at Nogales in Arizona.
Agents found a “false floor” in the produce truck. The driver, a Mexican was arrested. The fentanyl had a black market value of $3.5 million. That amount of fentanyl could have killed tens of thousands of people.
Last year in Arizona, DEA investigators announced the seizure. of over 1.1 million illicitly manufactured fentanyl pills, which were designed to resemble oxycodone M-30 tablets.
At the time, Special Agent in Charge Coleman said:
“The proliferation of these pills trafficked into the U.S. by Mexican cartels and the sheer number of fentanyl pills seized in Arizona is alarming.”
“The DEA and our law enforcement partners throughout the state are committed to taking deadly fentanyl off the streets and ensuring those who manufacture and traffic these lethal pills are held accountable to the communities and families they destroy with this dangerous drug.”
However, the report does note that approximately 192 people died from drug poisoning/overdoses in the U.S. during President Trump’s first year in office. Since that time, seizure data from other sources regarding methamphetamine and fentanyl have shown dramatic increases year over year.
There are a couple of explanations as to why this is happening. There has been a substantial increase in demand for narcotics such as meth, fentanyl, or the deadly combination of both, known as “super meth.”
Drug cartels are simply playing the market and adjusting, especially since the phenomenon of marijuana legalization in the U.S. in various states has lowered demand for pot.
Another reason is that in the past, there would only be a couple of regional conflicts between different cartel factions. Now, it is pretty much a free-for-all, a virtual “world war” where cartels are concerned. Nearly all territories, routes and products are currently being challenged.
Another issue in Mexico is that the country has been undergoing changes in its security apparatus. The Federal Police force was disbanded and in its place is a National Guard. This is hardly new for Mexico, however. The country continues taking troubled agencies and “rebranding” them, but in the end, it is pretty much the same agency.
While the law enforcement apparatus in Mexico undergoes what amount to cosmetic changes, the cartels have been escalating violence. In some cases, some people actually believe that cartels function as virtual parallel regional governments.
The bottom line is that the market in the United States has changed and the cartels have changed with it.
The war between cartels has also spurred them to move up their game, with the costs of cartel wars being so high, they need to move more product, whether that be people, drugs or fuel. Opioids are a hot commodity in the U.S. and the cartels are taking advantage of that.
Fentanyl is bad news. Less than one ounce of the drug is capable of killing thousands of people.
One can only imagine that the influx of drugs will only get worse if some left-wing nut like Bernie Sanders or Pete Buttigieg get elected. Both have vowed to decriminalize drugs were they to get elected. When people no longer need to fear arrest for possession of drugs, it only follows that the cartels will send more stuff over the border.
Better yet, if the no borders crowd gets their way, there won’t be a border to worry about. Then it will be open season for the cartels and the money will be coming in hand over fist. And we will be counting the dead bodies.
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