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CBP sees ‘alarming uptick’ in fentanyl seizures at southern border

CBP Deputy Commissioner Robert Perez advised reporters that it intercepted almost 50,000 kilos of narcotics final month, 39,000 of which had been seized alongside the southern border.

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“Due to restrictions on non-essential journey over our land border, drug smugglers proceed to adapt, utilizing vehicles, tractor trailers, and different industrial conveyances to make use of bigger a great deal of narcotics, reasonably than persevering with to make use of in larger quantities smaller masses in non-public automobiles and pedestrian site visitors,” he stated.

Perez stated there was a “distressing development” within the quantity of exhausting medicine the company continues to grab.

In November, regulation enforcement seized 8,500 kilos of cocaine, 23 % larger than in November 2019. Methamphetamine seizures, in the meantime, had been up 43 % in comparison with final 12 months.

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However there was an much more dramatic enhance within the seizures of fentanyl, which has been one of many exhausting medicine driving the opioid disaster within the U.S. CBP brokers seized 800 kilos of fentanyl in November — a 225% enhance from Nov. 2019.

“That’s an alarming uptick that may be attributed to rising numbers of fentanyl services and manufacturing being operated by the cartels in Mexico,” he stated.

Perez highlighted the work CBP brokers do in defending People from medicine coming into the nation, noting that CBP officers and others had been seizing medicine even on Thanksgiving — together with in Texas the place a tractor-trailer was discovered containing 36 kilos of heroin and 381 kilos of cocaine value $3.7 million.

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He additionally praised Mexican authorities for what he described as “unprecedented” cooperation in stopping the risk from throughout the border.

“They proceed to impact interdictions and seizures on their aspect of the border and the collaboration and sharing of intelligence on this regard is unrelenting and once more unprecedented, and we admire that collaboration, very a lot so,” he stated.

Earlier this 12 months appearing CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan advised Fox Information that drug cartels and trafficking networks on the southern border are looking for to use the coronavirus disaster.

“As for the cartels and drug trafficking networks, we all know that there is no such thing as a ‘time off’ for them,” he stated. “They proceed to use the present well being pandemic by trying to maneuver counterfeit merchandise into our nation, but we proceed to grab massive quantities of harmful and lethal medicine alongside our nation’s borders.”

Adam Shaw is a reporter overlaying U.S. and European politics for Fox Information. He may be reached at adam.shaw@foxnews.com.

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