Border Patrol agents confiscated enough fentanyl in the 2023 fiscal year to kill every American, the latest data from the southern border demonstrating the magnitude of the crisis.
Border Patrol chief Jason Owens said on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter, that agents seized more than 40,000 pounds of marijuana, 13,000 pounds of meth, 11,000 pounds of cocaine, and 2,700 pounds of fentanyl. The figures only include drugs found between ports of entry, not at official entry ports.
A lethal dose of fentanyl can fit on the tip of a pencil, and the drug is often cut with other drugs, meaning users can unknowingly take drugs containing fentanyl. Two milligrams of fentanyl is a lethal dose, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, which would mean the 2,700 pounds of the drug confiscated at the border is enough to kill nearly double the population of the United States.
The statistic is the latest news coming from the southern border highlighting the crisis of migrants, drugs, and other contraband coming into the country.
Photos surfaced this week of a Border Patrol agent who was reportedly beaten and bloodied by an illegal immigrant.
Sources told Fox News Monday that in just one day there were 11,000 migrant border crossings, marking the “single highest day in recent memory.”
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