Washington D.C.: A groundbreaking bill introduced late last year to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as a Schedule 1 drug on the Controlled Substances Act was turned down by House Democrats despite the dangerous drug continuing to take more and more American lives every day.
Rep. Michelle Fischbach introduced the Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act, or the HALT Fentanyl Act, in December of 2021. It has since been co-sponsored by over 91 Representatives, all of whom are Republicans.
The bill then went on to the house but stalled there.
According to a column on Breitbart, it stated:
“This week, 220 House Democrats blocked consideration for Rep. Michelle Fischbach’s (R-MN) Halt All Lethal Trafficking of Fentanyl Act to permanently classify fentanyl-related substances as Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act.”
“In April, House Democrats blocked consideration of similar legislation that would have cracked down on fentanyl-related substances. Consistent blockage of bills to combat fentanyl overdoses and poisonings comes as Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) officials have warned parents to carry Naloxone in case their child is overdosing on fentanyl.”
Carrying Naloxone is the solution?
The Fentanyl Epidemic
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid designed to treat severe pain, such as those in late-stage cancer. It is as much as 100 times stronger than morphine, which is very strong itself.
The fentanyl issue is more than a serious problem, it is a national emergency. It takes thousands of lives per year and the numbers continue to rise sharply.
Criminal organizations will always go to great lengths to transport dangerous drugs into the United States. However, there are increasing reports that show drug trafficking is getting far more brazen since the southern border remains unsecured and open.
These organizations are getting clever, too.
Fentanyl, which traditionally took on the form of a powdered substance, is now being added with other substances to form a pill that appears to be a legitimate prescription drug like Oxytocin or Percocet.
Moreover, Mexican cartels are packaging thousands and thousands of fentanyl pills in candy wrappers and vape pens in an effort to attract the younger population.
Thousands of people across the country are consuming what they believe to be a prescription drug, but in reality, are consuming the potent fentanyl, which is leading to a sharp rise in drug overdoses.
Fentanyl has moved passed cancer, suicide and vehicle accidents into the leading cause of death among young Americans aged 18 to 45.
According to the CDC website:
“Rates of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone, which includes fentanyl and fentanyl analogs, increased over 56% from 2019 to 2020. The number of overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids in 2020 was more than 18 times the number in 2013.”
“More than 56,000 people died from overdoses involving synthetic opioids in 2020. The latest provisional drug overdose death counts through June 2021 suggest an acceleration of overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
It is unclear why the house democrats would not want to proceed forward with the bill intended to manage and reduce the number of overdose deaths related to fentanyl.
But as history continues to prove itself time and again, there is often a hidden politically motivated agenda behind the democrats’ decision.
“I’ve received calls from families of people who have overdosed on fentanyl. I’ve received calls from law enforcement. For the last 10 months, they’ve been in terror that this authority will disappear – that thousands more may die from fentanyl overdoses.”
“For years, I’ve been leading the fight to extend this authority in hopes of finding a permanent solution. I’ve urged Leader Schumer to support measures that extend fentanyl scheduling as long as possible. I’ve asked President Biden to engage with bipartisan congressional leaders on a permanent solution. And I’ve even requested that Chairman Durbin hold a hearing on this issue in the Judiciary Committee. All of these requests have gone unanswered and ignored. Scheduling fentanyl analogues matters. It can save lives.”
As more and more Americans continue to overdose at the hands of the potent Chinese made Fentanyl, Democrats are playing politics.
Worse yet, the Biden administration continues to leave the southern border, the primary means for drug trafficking, wide open.
Biden needs to close the border and Democrats need to get on board to stop the fentanyl epidemic once and for all.
No surprise here.
Two suspected fentanyl dealers from Mexican cartel skip arraignment after walking on cashless bail
Posted July 22, 2022
TULARE COUNTY, CA – Two Washington men were arrested during a traffic stop in Tulare Country, California, between Bakersfield and Fresno.
The 25-year-old Jose Zendejas and Benito Madrigal, 19, were caught on June 24th with approximately 150,000 fentanyl pills.
They were released on their own recognizance less than a day of their arrest, despite having been busted with nearly $750,000 worth of drugs in their car. They were also in possession of two kilograms of cocaine.
They were each charged with one count of sale/transportation/offer to sell controlled substance (fentanyl); for the cocaine, one count of transport for sale/non-contiguous county (with the special allegations that the weight exceeded one kilogram) and one count of sale/transportation/offer to sell controlled substance (with the special allegations that the weight exceeded one kilogram); and one count of false compartment activity.
If convicted, they could face up to 14 years in prison.
Their bail was originally set at $1M each, but the county’s probation department’s risk assessment deemed them both low risk for flight.
Fast forward to Thursday, July 21st. That is when their arraignment was scheduled.
Want to take a wild guess as to who did not show up?
Accused drug traffickers Jose Zendejas and Benito Madrigal failed to show in court Thursday after being released on cashless bail. They were classified as "low risk." https://t.co/qEuirjlK70
— FOX 11 Los Angeles (@FOXLA) July 22, 2022
Three-quarters of a million dollars-worth of drugs, out of state suspects, and personal recognizance bonds. What could go wrong?
The Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux said he was not anticipating the pair in court. He blamed California’s soft-on-crime legislation for the gaff.
“I didn’t learn about the order until it was far too late,” he told Fox News regarding the PR bond.
“I couldn’t believe we had 150,00 fentanyl pills — one of the most dangerous epidemics facing our nation today — with people in custody that we may potentially be able to impact the future of this type of drug trafficking organization… and we let them go.”
Sheriff Boudreaux was joined in his frustration by the county’s District Attorney, Tim Ward.
“Although there is a need for a pre-trial release program, to do it covertly in the middle of the night in a very nontransparent matter is extremely dangerous,” Ward said.
“What we discovered here was that it [the defendant’s release] was occurring based on a decision without any foundation of the facts of the case. And I think going forward, I think everyone is realizing that’s a mistake and should not continue.”
Now, warrants have been issued for both men and the judge has already rescinded the original bail order and has stated that if they are apprehended, they will be held on no bond.
Ward told Fox that the criminals have to have some skin in the game. Otherwise, they will continue to walk if given the opportunity.
“The problem is once again the legislature and the state of California are trying to go down some social experiment born on the back of law-abiding citizens,” Ward said.
“I go out on a limb and say that had these defendants been subject to the million bail that was in place when they were arrested, and they made bail based on that amount, they would have some skin in the game, some financial obligation and motivation to return to court.”
Both Tulare County officials say that they were not consulted prior to the June release.
This is an ongoing story. We will continue to follow for updates. Should Zendejas and Madrigal be captured, we will provide those details here.
For more on large fentanyl busts in California, we urge you to
Democrat-run California: DEA seizes one million Fentanyl-laced pills in record drug bust
LOS ANGELES, CA – The DEA announced they have seized approximately one million fentanyl laced pills.
This is the largest fentanyl drug bust to date. It also symbolizes the drug cartels’ commitment to flooding America with extremely dangerous drugs.
Fentanyl is a powerful man-made opioid. It was originally designed to help people overcome the agony associated with complex surgeries and even those battling late-stage cancer.
But of course criminals found a way to cash in.
“Fentanyl is the latest scourge that criminals are using to attack us- criminals from Mexico, and their partners in China. These lowlifes have no intention of backing off. They are ruthless, they torture and murder innocent people, they corrupt entire governments, and it’s all about them.”
Fentanyl is now a cash cow for the illegal drug industry. Drug cartels have shown a new level of criminal creativity by producing fentanyl laced pills that look like pharmaceutical grade painkillers.
Common prescription drugs such as Percocet, Vicodin, Oxycontin, among other drugs, are replicated. These pills share the same size, shape, color and even stamp of legitimate painkillers.
This poses a dangerous hazard to unsuspecting people, especially oblivious teenagers looking for something to do on a quiet summer night.
#DEA #LA makes record-breaking bust of 1 million fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl, which is the largest seizure of #fentanyl pills DEA has made in CA. The pills were intended for retail distribution & est. street value of $15-$20 million💵
— DEALosAngeles (@DEALOSANGELES) July 14, 2022
In a statement issued by the DEA’s special agent in charge Bill Bodner:
“The deceptive marketing coupled with the ease of accessibility makes these small and seemingly innocuous pills a significant threat to the health and safety of all our communities. A staggering number of teens and young adults are unaware that they are ingesting fentanyl in these fake pills and are being poisoned.”
That’s like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
The LEO Reminder
Fentanyl is no mystery to the law enforcement community. Every law enforcement officer knows that a small dose of fentanyl can be lethal, even if only inhaled.
There are numerous reports of officers coming into contact with the lethal drug and requiring emergency medical help and the use of Narcan.
A video was released by the San Diego Police Department of an officer that nearly died from fentanyl exposure. All law enforcement officers, especially LAPD officers, must be vigilant when dealing with drug related incidents.
According to the DEA press release:
“The greater Los Angeles area is a major transshipment hub where illegal drugs coming from the southwest border are stored in local warehouses, storage units, and residential properties. The bulk shipments of drugs are usually broken down into smaller quantities and transported to other states or distributed to local dealers.
The greater Los Angeles area has many international airports, freeways, and bus and train lines that make it easy for shipments to be smuggled to other destinations.”
Add that to California’s liberal ‘soft on crime’ policies, LA’s open drug use scene, and their anti-police sentiment. Now you have the perfect spot for sophisticated drug networks looking for a place to plant their drug organization’s flag.
Steve Murphy added:
“As always, DEA is committed to stopping illegal narcotics from coming into the US, drugs that poison and kill our citizens. It’s a never-ending battle because our country is the leading consumer country in the world of illegal and dangerous substances. But DEA and its partners will never stop, even when it’s personnel are attacked and oftentimes killed. God bless the men and women on the front lines!”
All law enforcement officers must take every pill, powder and unknown substance seriously because of the potential hazards involved.
Even though this is the largest fentanyl drug bust to date, it raises the question- how much of it is still out there?