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Drugs into US

Postby KeithE » Thu Jan 31, 2019 7:13 am

Also from the WTA-2019.

The foreign drug threat will pose continued risks to US public health and safety and will present a range of threats to US national security interests in the coming year. Violent Mexican traffickers, such as members of the Sinaloa Cartel and New Generation Jalisco Cartel, remain key to the movement of illicit drugs to the United States, including heroin, methamphetamine, fentanyl, and cannabis from Mexico, as well as cocaine from Colombia. Chinese synthetic drug suppliers dominate US-bound movements of so- called designer drugs, including synthetic marijuana, and probably ship the majority of US fentanyl, when adjusted for purity.

Approximately 70,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017, a record high and a 10-percent increase from 2016, although the rate of growth probably slowed in early 2018, based on Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data.

Increased drug fatalities are largely a consequence of surging production of the syntheticopioid fentanyl; in 2017, more than 28,000 Americans died from synthetic opioids other than methadone, including illicitly manufactured fentanyl. The CDC reports synthetic opioid- related deaths rose 846 percent between 2010 and 2017, while DHS reports that US seizures of the drug increased 313 percent from 2016 to 2017.


In terms of deaths, this is our greatest current threat, imo. Nearly nine times the 3000 deaths on 9/11 (every year).

Experts say most of the drugs from Latin America are coming in through ports of entry. Fact-checking Trump officials: Most drugs enter US through legal ports of entry, not vast, open border.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection statistics, 90 percent of heroin seized along the border, 88 percent of cocaine, 87 percent of methamphetamine, and 80 percent of fentanyl in the first 11 months of the 2018 fiscal year was caught trying to be smuggled in at legal crossing points.


I’d be for spending most “border security” money at these legal crossing points (aka Ports entry) with more dogs and police to capture the deliverers. And work with Mexico to capture those south of the border involved in the transport. More drone surveillance as well with rapid capture teams.

The people coming across the border is not the problem - they help our economy while reducing crime rates!

ITDS - it’s the drugs stupid.
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