Report: Mexican cartels using Biden’s border disaster to increase Fentanyl smuggling operations

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AMADO, AZ – As the Biden administration’s border crisis overwhelms Border Patrol and immigration officials, new opportunities have opened up for Mexican drug cartels to smuggle fentanyl and related illicit and deadly drugs into the United States.

While the Border Patrol is distracted by housing and monitoring the massive influx of illegal border crossers summoned by President Biden’s lax immigration policies, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says cartels have been hard at work taking advantage of the chaos.

Mexican drug cartels have perfected the mass production of fentanyl and fentanyl-laced pills, and have used the reassignment of border agents from checkpoints and ports to detention and immigrant housing facilities to move the drugs into the U.S.

The influx of counterfeit opioid pills and fentanyl-laced look-alikes crossing the border is a major threat to Americans, according to the DEA.

Pills appearing nearly identical to Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Xanax, and other controlled medicines are crossing the border with a deadly secret. The pills, according to DEA, are more lethal than ever.

A laboratory test in September found four in ten counterfeit pills contained potentially lethal doses of fentanyl, according to a report by Breitbart News.

Smuggling opportunities for cartels have dramatically increased since the Border Patrol was pulled from multiple checkpoints along the southern border to deal with thousands of migrants crossing the border with Mexico after Biden ended the Trump administration’s strict immigration policies.

A stark example of the situation occurred in September when Laredo, Texas checkpoints located on I-35, Highway 359 and Highway 83 were temporarily shut down to divert Border Patrol agents to Del Rio’s International Bridge to deal with tens of thousands of migrant Haitians crossing into the U.S.

A total of 400 agents were reassigned to Del Rio in response to the migrants gathered under and around the international bridge between Del Rio and Ciudad Acuña, Mexico.

In 2021, seizures of Fentanyl nearly doubled. According to the Customs and Border Protection, seizures of fentanyl were nearly 100% higher than in 2020. In addition, CBP reports that cartels’ smuggling corridors have become more complex and efficient.

In one incident, Border Patrol agents confiscated 50 pounds of fentanyl-laden pills on Highway 19 near Amado, Arizona. Fentanyl was compressed into blue tablets and hidden inside a passenger car.

In one day alone, authorities seized more than 9,000 fentanyl-laced pills and two kilograms of pure fentanyl in the Atlanta area last week. DEA Special Agent in Charge Rob Murphy said the cartels are getting harder to spot:

“The Mexican cartels have gotten so good at producing these pills, it’s almost impossible to distinguish between a real one a fake one.

“They’re shipping it across our borders, they know it’s made from fentanyl, but the profit potential is so high for them the cost is so low.”

For the first time in six years, the Drug Enforcement Administration issued a Public Safety Alert to Americans last week to bring more light to the threat of what authorities call a “significant nationwide surge” in counterfeit pills that are “killing unsuspecting Americans at an unprecedented rate,” Fox News reported in early October.

Anne Milgram, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said the surge in Fentanyl smuggled into the U.S. has become a crisis:

“The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis of overdose deaths fueled by illegally manufactured fentanyl and methamphetamine. Counterfeit pills that contain these dangerous and extremely addictive drugs are more lethal and more accessible than ever before. In fact, DEA lab analyses reveal that two out of every five fake pills with fentanyl contain a potentially lethal dose.

“DEA is focusing resources on taking down the violent drug traffickers causing the greatest harm and posing the greatest threat to the safety and health of Americans. Today, we are alerting the public to this danger so that people have the information they need to protect themselves and their children.”

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Del Rio Sector Border Patrol apprehends more than 1,000 migrants – in just one single day

May 23, 2021

 

 TEXAS – According to an announcement from the Border Patrol Del Rio Sector’s chief patrol agent, agents working the Del Rio Sector managed to apprehend over 1,000 migrants on May 20th – a feat which the chief patrol agent described as a “new daily high” for the sector.

Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Austin Skero shared the news via Twitter the day after the numerous apprehensions were carried out, while also making mention of some other notable apprehensions that occurred during the previous 48-hour period:

“Yesterday alone, our agents apprehended over 1,000 migrants, a new daily high for Del Rio Sector. Our agents and partners continue to do an impressive job addressing this dynamic situation, stopping 27 smuggling attempts and 3 convicted sex offenders over the past 48 hours.”

One of the groups apprehended on May 20th, according to Chief Patrol Agent Skero, consisted of over 150 migrants located near the Rio Grande:

“Del Rio Station agents just apprehended another large group of over 150 migrants near the Rio Grande. Our Del Rio Station has seen the bulk of these large groups and has averaged over 230 migrants apprehended every day for the past 60 days.”

According to reports, the Del Rio Sector has seen an enormous increase in apprehensions since the start of the 2021 fiscal year (which started on October 1st, 2020) when compared to the 2020 fiscal year during the same time period.

During the 2020 fiscal year, Del Rio Sector agents had apprehended approximately 18,936 migrants by May 14th, 2020. As of the current fiscal year, Del Rio Sector agents have already apprehended 90,392 migrants.

Chief Patrol Agent Skero shared his thoughts on the aforementioned numbers, highlighting that it serves as a “377% increase”:

“Since Oct 1, Del Rio Sector has apprehended over 90,250 migrants. Over the same time period last year, we apprehended 18,900. Our workforce remains flexible and adaptive in order to balance the operational and humanitarian demands of this 377% increase.”

In a Twitter post dated May 18th, Chief Patrol Agent Skero detailed the number of criminal migrants, some carrying previous convictions of murder and sex offenses, that Del Rio Sector agents have apprehended: 

“Border security is national security and criminals continue in their attempts to illegally enter the U.S. in our remote areas. From October 1 through April 30, our agents have arrested 438 criminal migrants, to include 77 sex offenders and 7 with murder or homicide convictions.”

https://twitter.com/USBPChiefDRT/status/1394829410843471880 

 

 

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