Arizona Seizes Record Amount of Fentanyl Now Cited as Leading Cause of Death for Americans Between 18 and 45 | national

(The Center Square) – Arizona authorities seized $ 9 million worth of fentanyl pills from the state’s largest illicit drug bust – enough, they said, to kill half the population from Arizona.

The bust comes after a nonprofit group cites fentanyl as the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45. Arizona and Texas attorneys general and governors have pledged to fight what they called “the anarchy of the Biden administration”, which they support allows fentanyl to be imported into the United States thanks to its policies of opening borders.

Fentanyl has become the drug of choice for the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel, which controls the US-Mexico border stretching from California to El Paso, Texas.

First made in China, fentanyl arrives at major Mexican ports controlled by Sinaloa where cartel agents turn the drug into pills that look like prescription pills for sale primarily in the US market brought in by traffickers on the other. side of the border.

Nearly 1.7 million fentanyl tablets have been confiscated from storage units and homes in the Scottsdale area as part of a multi-agency operation involving the Attorney General’s Office, Police Task Force of Scottsdale DEA and the US Drug Enforcement Administration.

“It is not a recreational drug,” said Scottsdale Police Department chief Jeff Walther. “It’s death.”

Two milligrams is a lethal dose. One teaspoon contains about 5,000 milligrams, enough to kill 2,500 people. One pound of fentanyl, or 453,592 milligrams, could kill 226,796 people.

Law enforcement “seized 3 million pills, 45 kilograms of fentanyl powder (99 pounds), more than 35 guns and arrested more than 40 drug traffickers,” DEA special agent said Cheri Oz.

The amount of powder confiscated was enough to make an additional 4 million pills, said AG Mark Brnovich.

“You’re talking about over 4 million more pills that could have been made,” Brnovich said. “I want to put this in context. We are talking about 6 million fentanyl tablets. That’s enough to kill over half the population of the state of Arizona. “

Ortiz said the DEA seized more than 9.5 million fentanyl tablets in Arizona this year alone.

The Scottsdale DEA Task Force has been investigating the Sinaloa Cartel for months.

The cartel is named after the region of Sinaloa in Mexico, where its leaders come from. Each laboratory in the Sinaloa region produces an average of 20,000 doses of fentanyl per week for the US market, Univision reports.

The drug crisis comes as a non-profit organization released a report citing fentanyl as the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18 to 45.

“Fentanyl poisoning poses a serious threat to the American public, killing more people last year than suicide, car crashes or gun violence,” the nonprofit Families Against Fentanyl said in the report.

The report analyzed death data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, totaling 81,500 deaths from fentanyl poisoning in 2020 and 2021, and a record 100,000 accidental drug overdose deaths in 2021.

In 2021, fentanyl caused the death of one person every 8.57 minutes, or 175 people per day in the United States, the nonprofit report says.

The CDC previously reported that fentanyl has become America’s deadliest drug; the death toll from fentanyl rose 1,125% between 2011 and 2017, ahead of Biden’s open border policies.

The nonprofit group called on the Biden administration to designate fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) in a letter also signed by several former senior federal law enforcement directors and government officials.

According to federal law, weapons of mass destruction are partially defined as “any weapon designed or intended to cause death or serious bodily harm through the release, spread or impact of toxins or chemicals. toxicants, or their precursors ”.

The administration did not respond to the letter or designate the drug as ADM. But he issued recommendations in Congress to reduce the supply and availability of fentanyl, and President Joe Biden recently issued an executive order to address the fentanyl crisis.

“Illicit drug trafficking in the United States, including fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, kills tens of thousands of Americans every year, as well as countless non-fatal overdoses with their own tragic human toll.” , Biden said.

the order imposes sanctions on foreign nationals involved in the global illicit drug trade in the United States Allows the federal government to block all property and interests of sanctioned persons of interest and calls on financial institutions to ban those involved in the trade illicit drug users to be able to transfer payments, conduct foreign exchange transactions, receive loans or access credit through US financial institutions.

But during a recent border wall event, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the Biden administration’s open border policies were directly causing fentanyl-related deaths of Americans. The best way to cut off the flow of illicit drugs is to close the border and enforce immigration laws passed by Congress, Abbott said.

“Joe Biden facilitated the deaths of these people through the open border policies he allowed to take place here in Texas,” Abbott said, referring to the association’s report. “And we have to stop it. The people who profit from this are the gangs and cartels that our DPS and the National Guard strive to apprehend every day. “

Because Biden will not be enforcing federal immigration law, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Brnovich continue to pursue his administration. The two GAs argue that the Biden administration has given operational control of the border to the cartels and is endangering American lives.

“Attorneys general across the country are striving to hold this administration accountable for the rule of law, and we will not stop our efforts,” Brnovich said.

Paxton says he won’t stop fighting to protect Americans and hold the Biden administration to account, continuing to call on the president to “obey the law.”

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