New reports show cartel smugglers may now be targeting children, as Fentanyl is being colored to look like candy. Multnomah County Sherrif’s Office reported that during an investigation, officers found this new form of fentanyl is even more dangerous than the original.
Newsweek first reported on this new form of powerful opioid and why it’s considered more potent than other forms that have shown up in the past. “We are partnering with Multnomah County health departments to sound the alarm,” Special Investigations Unit Sergeant Matt Ferguson said, according to a press release.
While little is currently known about the investigation, or the individual found in possession of the drugs, the sheriff’s department is still looking into it. “For investigative reasons, the suspect’s name is not being released at this time,” the report read.
A separate report shows more of the same type of pills popping up along the Southern Border.
Over 15,000 pills were seized at Nogales Port of Entry at the Arizona-Mexico border, The Daily Wire reported.
Port Director Michael W. Humphries posted on Twitter: “POE seized over 15,000 fentanyl pills strapped to a person’s legs. Second consecutive day colored fentanyl pills with the appearance of candy seized,” wrote Humphries. “This could be the start of a trend with Transnational Criminal Organizations targeting younger users,” he warned.
8/17 CBP officers #Nogales POE seized over 15,000 fentanyl pills strapped to a person’s legs. Second consecutive day colored fentanyl pills with the appearance of candy seized .This could be the start of a trend with Transnational Criminal Organizations targeting younger users. pic.twitter.com/y5KT5Zveop
— Port Director Michael W. Humphries (@CBPPortDirNOG) August 18, 2022
More fentanyl was reportedly found in the days leading up to the incident, making the number of pills seized so far around 250,000. These particular pills were found in a vehicle at the Nogales Port of Entry, along with other potent drugs.
Republican nominee for Governor of Arizona, Kari Lake, immediately posted about the seizure on Twitter, to address this newfound discovery in her home state, writing:
“🚨 WARNING 🚨 THEY ARE TARGETING OUR CHILDREN WITH CANDY-LIKE FENTANYL ENOUGH! I will be issuing a Declaration of Invasion immediately after I take the oath of office. THIS HAS TO STOP.”
Many feel the same way Lake does, considering the coloring of the Fentanyl and how suspectable children can be. Americans shudder at the idea of a child picking up the pill, thinking it’s just a piece of candy and ultimately overdosing or becoming addicted to the deadly substance. Even licensed medical professionals are weary of prescribing the drug, as its potency can cause respiratory failure and other life-threatening issues.
“Deputies are particularly concerned about rainbow fentanyl getting into the hands of young adults or children, who mistake the drug for something else, such as candy or a toy, or those who may be willing to try the drug due to its playful coloring,” The County Sherrif’s Office wrote. “The powdered fentanyl found during this investigation resembles the color and consistency of sidewalk chalk.”
As the midterm elections quickly approach, the US-Mexico Southern Border is looking more and more like a major issue that will be on the ballot. Especially in border states like Arizona and Texas, where the pain of illegal immigration and smuggling is felt the most.
“We’re going to issue a declaration of invasion and get the ball rolling, protecting our own state,” Lake told NewsNation back in early August at CPAC — just days after her primary win.
While fentanyl pouring across the border is a national problem, it’s refreshing to see candidates take tough stances within their states. Especially those that share a border with Mexico and are hit hardest by this crisis.
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