Nine Republican governors visited the Rio Grande Vally border with Mexico on Oct. 6. They warned the border crisis is also a “drug crisis,” referring to the explosion of fentanyl and methamphetamine across the Southern border.
The group met with Col. Steve McCraw, who provided a disturbing update. The Texas Department of Public Safety’s director revealed fentanyl and methamphetamines enter the border into Texas. The drugs are then transported to other jurisdictions across the United States.
In August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection received more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the border, representing nearly half of the total recorded during 2020. Fiscal 2021 recorded more than 1.5 million encounters, and this will increase after September encounter figures are released.
“The amount of fentanyl apprehended just by the Texas Department of Public Safety just this year is more than enough to kill every man, woman, and child in the states of Texas, California, and New York,” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said according to Breitbart.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) revealed cartels take advantage of migrant overcrowding and border checkpoint chaos to increase drug smuggling activity.
So far in 2021 the department has already seized more than 180 kilos of fentanyl, a synthetic drug mostly imported from mainland China. A small 2 milligram dose (about the size of one rice grain) is enough to kill an adult.
“In Ohio, at least 80 percent of our overdose deaths every week are caused by fentanyl,” Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said according to WLWT5. “This crisis at the southern border is a humanitarian crisis. It is also a drug crisis, it is a fentanyl crisis.”
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds revealed the Hawkeye State experienced a 1,000 percent jump in both methamphetamine and fentanyl compared to the previous year.
Sheriff Mark Lamb of Pinal County, Arizona, previously complained about large quantities of drugs trafficked across the southern border into U.S. communities. This primarily wreaks havoc on the very young.
Pinal County police receive a phone call every 40 hours about fentanyl.
“Honestly, we are seeing a disaster,” Lamb said according to the broadcaster. “Eighty five percent of the people in my jail right now are there because of alcohol or drugs, so yes it has a big impact on our communities.”