United States Customs and Border Protection agents have already seized more fentanyl in fiscal year 2021 (which began in October) than all of fiscal year 2020, according to the CBP. This is the latest metric showing that the current border crisis not only has a surge in illegal immigrants, but also illegal and deadly drugs.
"So far in Fiscal Year 2021, fentanyl seizures have already surpassed those from all of Fiscal Year 2020, with 6,494 through April 2021 compared to 4,776 for all of Fiscal Year 2020," CBP said in a news release. CBP seized 2,801 pounds of synthetic fentanyl in 2019 and 2,283 pounds in 2018, according to the CBP website.
Interceptions of cocaine by Border Patrol agents were up 41% in April compared to March, and seizures of heroin skyrocketed 97% in the same time period.
Also in the recent CBP news release, the border agency stated that its agents encountered 178,622 persons attempting entry along the Southwest border in April, a 3% increase over March 2021.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is sounding the alarm regarding the alarming boom of fentanyl being trafficked across the U.S. southern border. The Republican governor revealed there had been a whopping 800% increase of fentanyl seizures at the border by the Texas Department of Public Safety this April compared to the same month last year.
"I gotta tell you, there's a new dynamic about what's going on at the border that Americans need to know about, and that is increased apprehension of fentanyl coming across the border," Abbott said during an interview with Fox News on May 14. "Yes, there may be people coming across, but there are dangerous drugs coming across the border.
"We have obtained enough fentanyl coming across the border to kill every single person in the state of New York," Abbott stated. "This is a very deadly situation happening on the border.
"The Biden administration had better wake up," Abbott said. "Because of what Texas is doing on the border, it's Texas that is securing the border. We want Biden to pay for it."
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 80 to 100 times more potent, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency. "Two milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person's body size, tolerance and past usage," the DEA states.
There were more than 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in the 12 months ending in May 2020, the highest number of overdose deaths ever recorded in a 12-month period, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.