Fentanyl smuggling is funded by US consumers, and drug cartels continue to hijack US citizens and hire US citizens to smuggle drugs across the border, according to research by the CATO Institute.
“We tried that with heroin, we tried that with marijuana and nothing changed,” said David Bier of the CATO Institute. “Ultimately, the solution to the drug policy problem in the United States will not come through greater border enforcement.”
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In 2021, US citizens made up 86.3% of convicted fentanyl drug traffickers. The study shows that drugs pass through ports of entry and smugglers are 97% less likely to be caught than people crossing illegally between them.
Bier says the demand for the drug is now so high and doesn’t think laws and enforcement in the United States make a difference.
“No one is willing to focus on solutions trying to get these people off the streets and into institutions, where they can manage their pain in an effective way that is not about addiction or reaching out to dangerous criminals to get treatment,” Bière said.
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Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order designating Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations and requiring the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to take action.
“Fentanyl is a covert killer, and Texans are being victimized by the Mexican cartels that produce it,” Governor Abbott said. « cartels
are terrorists, and it is time we treated them that way. In fact, more Americans have died from fentanyl poisoning in the past year than all terrorist attacks across the world in the past 100 years. In order to save our country, especially our next generation, we need to do more to get fentanyl off our streets.
The governor also sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris requesting federal terrorist classifications for the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Next Generation Cartel, as well as other cartels producing and distributing deadly fentanyl.
Governor Abbott is proposing legislation that would call fentanyl overdoses a balance so they could bring murder charges against those who distribute the drug.
The DPS claims to have seized more than 336 million “lethal doses” of fentanyl during Operation Lone Star.
David Beir thinks Fentanyl smuggling isn’t a reason to end the asylum. Only 279 out of 1.8 million
illegal crossing Border Patrol arrests resulted in a seizure of fentanyl.
“The only appropriate response to the opioid epidemic is addiction treatment,” the CATO study says. “But for that to happen, the government must adopt policies that facilitate treatment and reduce the harms of addiction, especially deaths. To develop these policies, policymakers must ignore calls to blame strangers for our problems.”