Border Patrol touts ‘biggest’ fentanyl bust, enough to kill over 5 million people

Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol announced Friday that Border Patrol agents were able to seize the “largest” quantity of liquid fentanyl in United States history.

“Fentanyl bust!!! Extremely proud of our #USBP agents & @NuecesCoSo [Nueces County Sheriff’s Office] Authorities who cooperated, banned and seized the largest quantity of liquid #fentanyl in #US history at a traffic stop in Robstown, Texas,” Chavez tweeted.

Chavez said that authorities found 25 pounds, equivalent to three gallons, of liquid fentanyl in a compartment inside a gas tank. The fentanyl seized had a total value of $1.8 million.

“This lethal amount is enough to kill a population of 5.665 million, which is 2 1/2 times the size of Houston, Texas!” added the chief patrol agent in a separate tweet.

Fentanyl is a controlled substance that is highly addictive and can cause respiratory problems and often death when taken in high doses or mixed with other substances such as alcohol or drugs such as cocaine or heroin. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) defines fentanyl as a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine.

Massive amounts of fentanyl were seized in various parts of the country that year, with the DEA saying in a statement in September that its law enforcement agencies had seized fentanyl between May 23 and May 8.

“The amount of fentanyl taken off the streets during this surge equates to more than 36 million lethal doses removed from the illicit drug supply,” the DEA said in its statement.

In 2021, Texas Governor Greg Abbott accused federal government officials for not doing enough to protect the US-Mexico border from drug traffickers, citing data from the state Department of Public Safety that showed 800 percent more fentanyl seizures in one year.

Border Patrol touts'biggest' fentanyl bust
A needle, pills and a vial can be seen at the top of this stock image. Chief Patrol Agent Gloria I. Chavez of the Rio Grande Valley Sector Border Patrol announced Friday that border patrol agents have seized the “largest” quantity of liquid fentanyl in U.S. history.
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In October, a Florida man was arrested for possessing 1.2 pounds of fentanyl, which authorities say is enough to kill over 200,000 people.

“The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office of the Deputy Sheriff’s Department and Drugs Department has been notified of a possible drug dealer who was selling large quantities of fentanyl in Hernando County,” the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office said on Facebook at the time.

In another case, $3 million worth of fentanyl was discovered near the US-Mexico border in California in July after officers discovered it was hidden in a vehicle’s spare tire and gas tank.

That same month, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said more than $1 million worth of fentanyl was found hidden in various groceries, including flour sacks and coffee cans. The drug was found at the Otay Mesa Port of Entry along the US-Mexico border in California.

Concerns have been raised about the large quantities of fentanyl crossing the southern border, with some authority figures blaming the Biden administration for the problem. In September, Kieran Donahue, an Idaho sheriff, warned of the dangers associated with rainbow fentanyl and criticized the White House as the new form of the deadly drug spread across the country and threatened children.

“Unfortunately, this administration just closed the door on us,” Donahue said during an appearance on Fox News. Fox & Friends first.

“[Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro] Mayorkas is absolutely not telling the truth when he talks about the border… This government just seems complicit in allowing these drugs to enter our country and almost encouraging them to target our children,” he added.

news week contacted the US Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector for comment. Border Patrol touts ‘biggest’ fentanyl bust, enough to kill over 5 million people

Rick Schindler

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