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It’s no secret that hundreds of thousands of fentanyl pills are known to be coming into the U.S. from the Southern Border. Indeed, this past week in Arizona, there were three major incidents of police officials seizing enormous amounts of the dangerous drug.

In Buckeye, Arizona a traffic stop resulted in the discovery of 400,000 fentanyl pills. This came after 577,000 fentanyl pills were found at another Arizona/Mexico border crossing, with officials having found another 400,000 illegal fentanyl pills the previous weekend. The Maricopa County Drug Suppression Task Force together with Buckeye Police Department investigators together found the drugs during a routine traffic stop where they arrested one person.

More than 60 pounds of cocaine were found in various vehicles that were driving to enter the U.S. from Mexico.

Officials are finding the illegal drugs hidden in rocker panels of cars, as well as hidden in the doors and seats of vehicles. Criminals also try to hide the drugs in the back walls of truck cabs and side walls, as noted in a tweet by Port Director Michael W. Humphries.


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The drugs pouring across the southern border are affecting Americans across the country. Hunts Point Produce Market in The Bronx is a site where smugglers have tried sneaking drugs in boxes of fruits and vegetables. From there, the drugs are taken to nearby apartments to people who chop up and place the drug into small glassine envelopes before attempting to sell them on the streets. Police officials say the fentanyl bricks are brought up from Mexico to the Great Lakes region before being transported to the east coast.

Overdoses of fentanyl have become the leading causes of death among those ages 18 to 45, higher than death by car accidents, cancer and suicide, according to an analysis done of U.S. government data.

The drug was first developed in 1959 by Janssen Pharmaceutica. It was initially used as an anesthetic and pain reliever. In the 1960s, the drug was next used as an intravenous anesthetic called Sublimaze, which is opioid fentanyl that is injectable. In the 1990s, the fentanyl patch was introduced for treatment of chronic pain. The drug was next put into lollipop form, marketed as Actiq, a transmucosal lozenge. Actiq is prescribed to cancer patients to manage pain and is classified as a Schedule II narcotic drug.

The Biden Administration has been heavily criticized for not stopping the flow of fentanyl into the U.S. at the Mexico border. This past year, more than 2 million illegal border crossings occurred. There has also been an upsurge in fentanyl-related deaths since Biden took office. At one point, he had a phone call with Chinese Xi Jingping and raised the topic of fentanyl exports. However, Xi and China broke off cooperation this summer on any anti-drug efforts after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan.