The cartels are taking advantage of increasing federal resources allocated for migrants ’encounters to smuggle fentanyl into the United States between ports of entry, ACCORDING on NBC News. border officials found 41 pounds of fentanyl in fiscal year 2021, compared to nine pounds in 2020, two pounds in 2019, and one pound in 2018.
“For the first time, we’re starting to see tactics where fentanyl is smuggled between ports of entry,” said Chief Border Patrol Agent Gloria Chavez. “Cartels are very creative. They can find ways to intimidate migrants and find ways to illegally bring them narcotics into the United States.”
– Port Director Alberto A. Flores (@CBPPortDirLRD) June 25, 2021
Cartel manufacturing fentanyl using raw materials imported from China, experts said, according to NBC News. Just two milligrams of fentanyl can kill the average person and one kilogram – about 2.2 pounds – can kill up to 500,000 people, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). – READ MORE
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