Migrant growth is redirecting resources from curbing drug trafficking
PHARR, Texas – One shot can.
That’s the message the Drug Enforcement Administration is spreading to bring awareness to the rise in fentanyl.
Thousands of people pass daily between the US and Mexico on the Far International Bridge in Texas.
It is also where Customs and Border Protection seized $1.2 million worth of cocaine and fentanyl on October 1. This is hardly a reduction in the amount of drugs that cross the border through Texas and eventually to cities and states.
Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. “The amount of fentanyl alone this year by the Texas Department of Public Safety is more than enough to kill every man, woman and child in the states of Texas, California and New York.”
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Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid most often in the form of counterfeit pills, is manufactured in Mexico. Cartels then illegally bring bullets from across the border to major cities such as San Antonio. And from there the bullets could go across the country.
“It’s like making chocolate chip cookies really simple to make,” said special agent Dante Sorianello, a 35-year veteran with the DEA who works in the San Antonio district. “Sometimes a cookie, if you’re making it at home, has more chips in it than another. If you’re doing this with a potentially deadly toxic substance, if you make a hot pill, So it will kill someone.”
He says he is seeing record amounts of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas.
“It used to be a kilo here, 10 kilos there. We’re confiscating 100 kilos, 40 kilos, 50 kilos,” Sorianello said. “We just haven’t encountered the lethality of fentanyl on the streets.”
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During the recent increase in illegal immigration, Border Patrol agents were relocated to process migrants. Due to this the inspection posts were closed, due to which the drug smugglers could not be traced.
“If the checkpoint is closed, now you can take off all the hideaway houses with humans and all the hideaway houses with drugs and send them through our Texas highways — I-35, I-20, all the way. From,” said retired special agent Victor Avila with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Avila says that more than 90,000 people have died of fentanyl overdose so far this year.
That number does not include survivors.
Avila said, “I can give you the tip of a pen, and that small amount will kill hundreds of people.” “I don’t call those overdoses. I call those poisons. And I attribute those killings to the cartel.”