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“Seized Enough Fentanyl to Kill Every American,” DEA Said

“Seized Enough Fentanyl to Kill Every American,” DEA Said

Washington DC: The Drug Enforcement Administration seized the most fentanyl in its history in 2023 (The Center Square): Agents of the DEA seized over 77 million fentanyl tablets and nearly 12,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in 2023, the most the agency has ever seized in a single year.

The amount is equivalent to over 386 million lethal doses of fentanyl, which is enough to kill the population of the United States.

The agency announced last year, following its 50th anniversary, that it had restructured its makeup and approach “to meet this extraordinary moment in time as the United States confronts the deadliest drug threat our nation has ever faced – fentanyl.”

It was stated that their efforts were insufficient to stem the flow of drugs entering the United States through the southern border, where the substance is produced in Mexico using Chinese-origin precursors. Furthermore, the lethality of the narcotics they are seizing has increased significantly.

Two Mexican drug cartels—the Sinaloa and Jalisco—are primarily responsible, according to the DEA, for the unprecedented fentanyl menace “that is flooding our country.” The DEA retaliated by establishing a “strategic layer of Counter Threat Teams” that would be responsible for a specific cartel and the illicit financial networks that supply their funding. According to the statement, the intelligence teams “map the global networks of the cartels and identify targets for investigation and prosecution” by utilizing data collected from 334 DEA offices around the globe.

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DEA agents have traced the organizations’ global supply chain and identified over fifty countries in which they conduct business, even though their headquarters are in Mexico. The DEA further elucidated the pathway through which fentanyl infiltrates the United States: cartels procure compounds from Chinese enterprises, transport them to Mexico, and subsequently engage in large-scale fentanyl production within Mexico. Through a vast network that originates at the southwestern frontier, they subsequently distribute and traffick finished fentanyl extensively across the United States.

Fentanyl precursors from China

Agents of the DEA attempted to disrupt each stage of the supply chain last year. For supplying precursor chemicals, it filed the very first charges against Chinese chemical companies and their proprietors. In addition to charging and extraditing cartel leaders, enforcers, and associates, DEA agents tracked down criminal organizations and individuals operating in communities across the nation that disseminate fentanyl on American streets and promote its sale via social media.

Additionally, the DEA stated, “The fentanyl we use today is more lethal than ever before.” Modern Fentanyl tablets are more potent.

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In 2023, seven out of ten tablets examined by the DEA laboratory contained a potentially lethal dose of fentanyl, according to an updated statistic. This represents a rise from the four out of ten pills in 2021 to six out of ten pills in 2022.

An effective dose is approximately two milligrams, or the mass of a mosquito. Fentanyl abuse is the primary cause of mortality among individuals aged 18 to 45 in the United States.

In 2023, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also anticipate an all-time high in the incidence of drug poisonings. An estimated 112,323 Americans will have succumbed to drug overdoses in the twelve months ending in June 2023, with fentanyl toxicity accounting for nearly 70% of these fatalities.

In addition to U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents seizing sufficient lethal drugs to murder over 6 billion people in 2023, including 27,000 pounds of fentanyl at ports of entry across the nation, the DEA is pursuing additional initiatives.

The Center Square also reports that state law enforcement officials have seized unprecedented quantities of fentanyl. One multiagency operation in Arizona last year resulted in the seizure of illicit substances, including fentanyl, sufficient to murder more than forty million people. A solitary seizure by the Arizona Department of Public Safety contained an excess of 800,000 lethal doses of fentanyl.

One arrest in Los Angeles yielded sufficient fentanyl to cause the deaths of more than 600,000 individuals.

Two multiagency drug arrests in Florida resulted in the seizure of fentanyl equivalent to the fatalities of almost twice the state’s population.

Authorities in Texas have confiscated over 453 million lethal doses of fentanyl, which is sufficient to murder populations larger than those of the United States and Canada combined.

Attorney General Ashley Moody of Florida also headed a coalition that demanded the president classify illicit fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction the year prior. The coalition argued, citing the ongoing border crisis and the unprecedented influx of suspected or known terrorists, that any terrorist could potentially murder a significant number of Americans using fentanyl.

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