(RightIsRight.co) – Proving that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris continue to fail to protect Americans and U.S. borders, federal authorities are reporting a significant increase in the seizure of synthetic fentanyl at the southern border. The data reflects an alarming rise of 89% from 2022 to 2023.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confiscated a staggering 26,700 pounds of fentanyl in the fiscal year 2023. This is a notable increase from the 14,100 pounds intercepted during the previous fiscal year 2022. This drug, primarily fentanyl, has become a significant concern for health authorities due to its role in overdose deaths in the U.S.
Fentanyl’s lethal nature is underscored by its contribution to the 105,263 drug-related fatalities recorded between February 2022 and January 2023. Shockingly, the Department of Justice (DOJ) highlights that fentanyl is now the leading cause of death for Americans aged 18 to 49.
To add to the concern, in 2021, the number of overdose deaths approached 108,000. This figure represents a 15% increase from the previous year, 2020, which itself had seen a sharp rise of 30% from 2019, based on preliminary data from the CDC.
The origin and production route of fentanyl shed light on its widespread availability. As explained by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the illicit version of fentanyl is produced using chemicals sourced from China. These chemicals are sent to Mexico, where they are transformed into fentanyl in hidden drug labs. From there, the drug is smuggled across the border into the U.S. To understand the potency of this drug, it’s crucial to realize that fentanyl is a staggering 100 times more potent than morphine.
In a recent announcement regarding the indictments of several Chinese entities and individuals involved in the drug’s illicit production, DEA Administrator Anne Milgram stated, “Fentanyl is the deadliest drug threat our nation has ever faced. These eight cases are the result of DEA’s efforts to attack the fentanyl supply chain where it starts — in China.”
Milgram further elaborated on the role of Chinese chemical companies, saying, “Chinese chemical companies are fueling the fentanyl crisis in the United States by sending fentanyl precursors, fentanyl analogues, xylazine, and nitazenes into our country and Mexico. These chemicals are used to make fentanyl and make it especially deadly.”