The Mexican National Security Commission announced the seizure of an immense amount of deadly narcotics being trafficked to the United States via the Mexican/American border. The seizure included 45.5 kilograms (100.3103 pounds) of fentanyl, 914 pounds of crystal methamphetamine, 87 pounds of cocaine, and 18 pounds of heroin. The seizure happened in the Mexican resort town of Ensenada, Baja California, less than 85 miles from the Unites States border.
Fentanyl has been one of the key driving factors behind overdose deaths associated with the opiate epidemic in the United States. Fentanyl has been reported to be 100 times more powerful than morphine and is commonly mixed with heroin in an effort to strengthen the effects of the drugs. The seizure contained 45.5 kilograms of fentanyl. According to the Oxford Treatment Center only 2 milligrams is enough to cause an overdose. This means the seizure contained enough fentanyl to cause 22,750,000 overdoses.
Mexican federal authorities became suspicious after spotting a SUV traveling without license plates along a highway stretching between Ensenada and Lazaro Cardenas. The SUV was found to have been registered in California.
The vast amount of illicit opiates, as well as other illicit drugs, are being trafficked over the border separating the United States and Mexico, according to the DEA. Only small fraction now comes from southwest Asia, leaving the bulk of the problem at America’s southern border.
A very big part of this solution is to construct a physical barrier between the United States and Mexico, just as Mexico has constructed on their southern border with Guatemala. If the Mexican government is too cowardly to confront the drug cartels at their manufacturing plants, then the United States government must construct a barrier to stop the flood of illicit drugs coming across the border.
For politicians to act as if a physical barrier will not stop the flow of illicit drugs is intellectually dishonest at best. There have been numerous drug seizures along the southern border in recent weeks, highlighting the need for President Trump’s long promised border wall.
On January 22, 10 pounds of heroin was recovered from a traffic stop involving an SUV in Mississippi. One passenger was from the border city of Laredo, Texas while the other was from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. Yet another example of heroin being trafficked over the southern border and the desperate need for a physical barrier and tighter border securities.
We are in the midst of the worst drug epidemic this country has ever seen. It would be remiss for the United States government not to construct a border wall coupled with enhanced technological security measures as well. If we could stop just a small percentage of the drugs that are currently pouring over the border, it would make the price tag well worth it and count for a big win in fighting against the opiate epidemic.