By Nick Mastrongelo
Enough Fentanyl to Kill 3 Million Americans Already Seized by Northern Border Patrol Since October
Data on drug seizure statistics cis tracked by the US Customs and Border Protection.
A lethal dose of Fentanyl is 2 milligrams. So far over 14 pounds have been seized by US Border Patrol on the Northern Border. Although this represents a small portion of the almost 540 pounds seized by US Border Patrol (North, South and Coastal) this year, lethal drugs like Fentanyl and Heroin seized specifically on the Northern Border have been steadily increasing since 2018.
This comes from the DHS in their Northern Border Strategy documents.
This document states:
“The most common threat to U.S. public safety along the Northern Border continues to be the bi-directional flow of illicit drugs. Transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are also active along the border and they continually adapt their drug production, smuggling methods, and routes to avoid detection by U.S. and Canadian law enforcement.”
The plan highlights the challenges that are unique to the Northern Border such as, “The topography along mountainous parts of the Northern Border is occasionally exploited by smugglers flying private aircraft at low altitude to evade radar detection, but there are no reports to suggest that the tactic is employed on a large scale.”
Drug seizures made by Office of Field Operations operating in legal land ports of entry, airports, seaports etc. have already seized almost 500 pounds of hard drugs including Methamphetamine, Cocaine, Fentanyl and Heroin since October 2020.
With another 324 pounds of these drugs being seized by the US Border Patrol, that accounts for over 800 pounds of illicit drugs coming through our Northern Border just this year. 575 pounds of cocaine, 225 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of fentanyl, and 6 pounds of heroin when the numbers are broken down.
Although the crises on the US Southern Border is much bigger and more complex, we must not forget the Northern Border is exploitable as well.