Never mind about China or Russia. Over the southern border is where the United States faces its greatest national security challenge.
On August 19, 2022, Anne Milgram, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said that Mexican gangs were murdering Americans with fentanyl and other hard narcotics at “catastrophic and record rates.” She named two organizations as being primarily to blame for fentanyl-related fatalities in the US: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel.
The Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation cartel are murdering Americans with fentanyl at catastrophic and unprecedented rates that we have never seen before, according to what Milgram said was occurring inside the DEA. And those cartels are using planned deceit to smuggle fentanyl into the United States and convince people to purchase it by passing it off as real tablets or disguising it in other substances. They will use every method at their disposal to promote addiction and generate revenue.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in 2021, there were around 108,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States.
Tony Dokoupil, a co-host on CBS, brought attention to how drug distribution networks have evolved in recent years. Dealers used to “desire to keep a person hooked and keep them paying money, but not kill them.”
The whole drug industry has altered, according to Milgram. “First and foremost, the fentanyl we see is synthetic and man-made. It’s crucial to understand that these two cartels are capable of making an endless quantity. All they need are the precursor chemicals they are purchasing from Chinese chemical firms, transporting them to Mexico, and synthesizing enormous amounts of them. It’s crucial to comprehend that. Drug transactions used to be done hand-to-hand, in dark alleyways, or in connection with a particular dealer who would meet someone.”
Milgram emphasized how often drug transactions occur on social media platforms like Snapchat. In these circumstances, drug users might seek out substances like Adderall or Percocet. She also said that the DEA was already looking for measures to stop the shipment of fentanyl.
Mexican gangs have reportedly enlisted the help of kids via gaming, Harold Hutchinson of The Daily Caller reports.
We are now aggressively following every single lead we can find, and we are quite interested in what we can do in this area, Milgram said. Since there is no limit to the quantity of narcotics that the two cartels, CJNG and Sinaloa Cartel, can produce, eliminating them must be our top priority. Before it travels from China to Mexico and then the United States, we must stop it. The second point is that, absolutely, we do need to approach this aggressively.
She said, “I will tell you that the men and women of the DEA are exceptional. Our operatives are in danger every day as we conduct innumerable operations all across the globe. In America and across the globe, we remove loaded weapons from streets almost every day.”
A prior BLP report indicates that the Border Patrol has found over 8,000 pounds of fentanyl so far in 2022. Unquestionably, the current fentanyl epidemic and larger border security issues pose a greater existential danger to the US than geopolitical intrigues in Eurasia.
Author: Scott Dowdy