US Border Patrol Touts 'Largest' Fentanyl Bust, Enough to Kill Over 5M People
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Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol announced on Friday that Border Patrol agents were able to seize the "largest" amount of liquid fentanyl in United States history.
"Fentanyl Bust!!! Extremely proud of our #USBP agents & @NuecesCoSo [Nueces County Sheriff's Office] authorities who worked together, interdicted, & seized largest amount of liquid #fentanyl in the history of the #USA from a traffic stop in Robstown, Texas," Chavez tweeted.
Chavezfound 25 pounds, equivalent to three gallons, of the liquid fentanyl in a compartment within a gas tank. The seized fentanyl was worth a total of $1.8 million.
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"This lethal amount is enough to kill a population of 5.665 million people which is 2 1/2 times the size of Houston, Texas!" the chief patrol agent added in a separate tweet.
Extremely proud of our— Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez (@USBPChiefRGV) agents & authorities who worked together, interdicted, & seized largest amount of liquid in the history of the from a traffic stop in Robstown, Texas.
Fentanyl is a controlled substance that could be highly addictive and could cause respiratory issues and often death if taken in high doses or when mixed with other substances such as alcohol or drugs such as cocaine or heroin. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines fentanyl as a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
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Massive amounts of fentanyl have been seized this year in different parts of the country, with the DEA saying in a statement in September that its law enforcement seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and approximately 980 pounds of fentanyl powder between May 23 and September 8.
"The amount of fentanyl taken off the streets during this surge is equivalent to more than 36 million lethal doses removed from the illegal drug supply," the DEA said in its statement.
In 2021, Texas Governorfor not exerting enough efforts to protect the U.S.-Mexico border from drug traffickers by the state's Department of Public Safety that 800 percent more fentanyl was seized within one year.
In October, afor possessing 1.2 pounds of fentanyl, which is enough to kill over 200,000 people, according to authorities.
Oklahoma drug dealer sent to prison after selling customer pills laced with fentanyl
Judge chose punishment Friday after Cameron Jermaine Payne pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September. However, he said Friday in an apology to the victim's parents that he "may" have had a role in the death. "I wasn't raised this way," he said. "I just pray that you find the kindness in your heart to forgive me." Payne was selling drugs even though a brother, Jason Payne, died in 2018 of a fentanyl pill overdose. "I understand your pain," he told Ward's parents. He admitted in a written statement for a presentence report that he sold Ward six pills for $100.
"The Hernando County Sheriff's Office Vice and Narcotics Unit was notified of a possible narcotics dealer who was selling large amounts of fentanyl within Hernando County," the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said in aat the time.
In another instance,in July near the U.S.-Mexico border in California after officers found that it was hidden in the spare tire and gas tank of a vehicle.
During the same month,was found hidden in different food products, including flour bags and coffee cans, according to the Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The drug was found at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry along the U.S.-Mexico border in California.
Concerns have been raised about the large amounts of fentanyl crossing the southern border, with some authority figures blaming the Biden administration for the problem. In September, Kieran Donahue, an Idaho sheriff,with rainbow fentanyl and criticized the White House as the new form of the deadly drug spread across the country, threatening children.
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The others involved were members of a Brockton drug crew known as the Head Shot Mafia, per the U.S. District Attorney's Office.Pereira pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute fentanyl; three counts of distribution of fentanyl; one count of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana; one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition; and one count of possessing a firearm during a drug trafficking offense, per the statement.
"Unfortunately, this administration simply has shut the door on us," Donahue said during an appearance on' & Friends First.
"[Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas is absolutely not telling the truth when he's talking about the border...This administration seems to just completely be complicit in allowing and almost encouraging these drugs to come across into our country, and attacking our children," he added.
Newsweek reached out to the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector for comment.
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