Border patrol reports 1,066% increase in fentanyl seized in south Texas

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US Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066% increase in confiscated fentanyl in South Texas during fiscal year 2021, the agency said. Week,

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Running news: Border Patrol officers at eight ports of entry from Brownsville to Del Rio seized 87,652 pounds of narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine and fentanyl, with an estimated street value of $786 million.

  • The agency confiscated 41,713 pounds of marijuana, 8,592 pounds of cocaine, 33,777 pounds of methamphetamine, 1,215 pounds of heroin and 588 pounds of fentanyl from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021.
  • According to Drug Enforcement, “because of its potency and low cost, drug dealers are mixing fentanyl with other drugs, including heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine, increasing the potential for fatal interactions.” Administration,

big picture: The new figures come as America’s substance abuse crisis has escalated during the pandemic, Nerdshala Caitlin Owens reports.

  • An estimated 100,306 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period ended last April, according to provisional data Released in November by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • This is the first time drug overdose deaths have reached six figures in a 12-month period and it is an increase of about 28% compared to the same period a year ago, reports Nerdshala Jacob Knutsen.

What are they saying: Randy Jay said, “Our significant advantages in fentanyl and cocaine seizures are the lethal nature of the contraband we face, the need to use personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect our officers, and the need to carry out our critical border security mission. underscore our continued resolve.” Howe, Director of Field Operations at the Laredo Field Office.

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