As usual, the news is being ignored by all but a handful of news media organizations, but Tucker Carlson of Fox News spread the good word on his television show. The United States Border Patrol made the largest bust of fentanyl trafficking in history in Arizona this week. The bust itself is bad enough, but there is more to the story.
“Well, the U.S. border patrol has made the biggest fentanyl bust in history. An enormous amount, enough fentanyl to kill—they estimate—57 million people. That’s more than the combined population of the states of Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania. It’s a lot,” Carlson stated.
“We got our hands on an internal memo from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that details this bust. The biggest fentanyl seizure in U.S. history,” [Fox correspondent Hillary] Vaughn began. “According to the memo, four days ago in Nogales, Arizona, at the port of entry, CBP officers stopped a tractor-trailer crossing the U.S.-Mexico border into the U.S. with enough fentanyl to kill 57 million people. That’s plenty of fatal dose to wipe out the entire populations of Texas, Arizona and New York state combined.”
They found this under the floor of the trailer. They found 114 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the DEA, just two milligrams is considered a lethal dose. They also grabbed 179 kg of methamphetamine and one gram of fentanyl in pill form. The street value for the fentanyl over $102 million. The CBP officers arrested the smuggler, a Mexican national who attempted to drive the drugs across the border. The suspect was a part of the DHS’s trusted traveler program called FAST, that stands for free and secure trade for commercial vehicles. The program started after 9/11.
Free and secure trade for commercial vehicles assured to people who regularly cross the border, a post 9/11 Department of Homeland Security program, is being exploited by drug smugglers.
That certainly is interesting.
All this goes to add anecdotal proof that the southern border with Mexico is a massive security concern for the nation whether we are talking about the wall or not. Illicit drugs coming into the country this way do nothing but harm to the people. And our own government programs are facilitating the transport of the drugs whether it was meant to happen that way or not.