AN insanely massive shipment of the highly deadly drug fentanyl — an amount that could reportedly kill well over 50 million people — was captured by agents of the U.S. Border Patrol situated in Southern California.
“San Diego Agents & local LEO partners arrested 3 and seized 232 lbs. of Fentanyl worth over $3 million,” expressed the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Raul Ortiz. “This amount of Fentanyl had the potential to kill over 50 million people. We continue to take the fight to the cartels and narcotics smugglers!”
San Diego Agents & local LEO partners arrested 3 and seized 232 lbs. of Fentanyl worth over $3 million. This amount of Fentanyl had the potential to kill over 50 million people. We continue to take the fight to the cartels and narcotics smugglers!
— Chief Raul Ortiz (@USBPChief) February 28, 2023
As reported by Bill Melugin of Fox News LA, sources within the Border Patrol stated that this arrest was initiated as part of a routine traffic stop on the highway located in San Clemente in Orange County, which is situated roughly 75 miles inland. Melugin posited that this batch of drugs had either been smuggled across the southern border into the United States via a vehicle that managed to make it past the border patrol at a port of entry, or through the use of a number of drug mules.
NEW: Border Patrol reports making an enormous fentanyl bust in SoCal – 232 lbs smuggled in a vehicle, enough lethal doses to kill 50 million people. BP sources tell me the bust took place during a traffic stop on a highway in San Clemente in Orange County, 75 miles inland from… https://t.co/Efh5YdKsQi pic.twitter.com/HMsos9X7ig
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) February 28, 2023
Back near the start of the year, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw stood as a champion for the use of the U.S. military as a means to fight the drug cartels that have been attempted to smuggle copious amounts of deadly fentanyl across the southern border into the United States.
Crenshaw took part in an interview with Neil Cavuto with Fox News, who pushed Crenshaw by asking what it was that actually had Crenshaw worried.
“Well, look, we recently introduced AUMF, an Authorized Use of Military Force against the cartels and any other organizations that traffic fentanyl specifically,” stated Crenshaw. “So why now and why not years ago? These Mexican drug cartels have been around for a while. The difference now is fentanyl.”
“This is not a drug problem; this is not a war on drug problem; this is a poisoning problem,” exclaimed Crenshaw. “And they are killing about 80,000 Americans a year. And the Mexican government does very little to thwart this.”
“I think there should be bipartisan efforts in Congress to pass an Authorized Use of Military Force to deal with them,” he explained. “If anything, that simply gives our president more leverage when trying to get the Mexican government to do its job, its job on thwarting immigration, which the cartels also control, and thwarting fentanyl coming north across our border and killing American citizens.”
Crenshaw then spoke about the deadly intentions of the drug cartels: “These people are a lot more like ISIS than they are the mafia. You recently saw a war in the state of Sinaloa after the Mexican government arrested El Chapo’s son. These cartels can actually battle close air-support; they’re battling government helicopters. This looks a lot like Mogadishu; it looks a lot more like Mogadishu that it does your typical organized crime battle, these people are well-equipped, they set up forward operating bases that are well-armed, right near our border, and they’re extremely dangerous. They’re some of the most capable, most well-funded, most dangerous organizations on the planet, and they’re right there.”
“Mexico is at risk of becoming a failed state,” he highlighted. “We have to work together with their government to deal with this.”