When US Border Patrol agents raided a warehouse in Southern California, they found enough fentanyl to kill 50 million people.
Three people were arrested and 232 pounds of fentanyl, worth over $3 million, were seized by agents in San Diego, according to a tweet from U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz. More than fifty million people could have been killed by this much fentanyl. Drug cartel leaders and kingpins remain a target of our investigation.
Sources close to the Border Patrol told Fox News LA’s Bill Melugin that the arrest happened during a routine traffic stop in San Clemente, Orange County, 75 miles inland. Melugin speculated that the drugs likely entered the country through a port of entry in a vehicle that was missed by Border Patrol agents.
Texas Representative Dan Crenshaw demanded the use of military force in mid-January to combat drug cartels that are smuggling lethal fentanyl into the United States via the southern border.
Fox News’s Neil Cavuto questioned Crenshaw extensively about his concerns in a recent interview.
Crenshaw responded, “Well, look, we just recently introduced AUMF, an Authorized Use of Military Force against the cartels and any other organizations that traffic fentanyl specifically. So, why not a long time ago? For decades, Mexican drug cartels have profited from their trade. Fentanyl’s introduction has significantly altered the drug market.
The problem, in Crenshaw’s view, is not drugs or the war on drugs, but rather the poisoning that results from them. About 80,000 Americans per year lose their lives as a result of them. It’s worth noting that the Mexican government is also making an effort to stop this.
He advocated for a concerted effort on the part of Congress to approve the use of military force. The drug cartels in the United States rely on immigration and fentanyl trafficking, so this helps our president’s negotiating position with the Mexican government.
To stress the murderous intent of the drug cartels, Crenshaw drew parallels to the Islamic State and the mafia. You were there when the war in Sinaloa broke out after the Mexican government arrested El Chapo’s son. Through their successful engagement with government helicopters, these gangs have demonstrated their ability to hold their own against close air support. This area has the feel of Mogadishu because the invaders are well-equipped, have established forward operating bases, and are located dangerously close to our border. There are some of the world’s most powerful, wealthy, and potentially dangerous groups headquartered here.
‘Mexico is on the verge of becoming a failed state,’ he said. The governments of the world need to coordinate their efforts to address this problem.