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Fentanyl tops fatal drug overdoses

A flood of illicit fentanyl flowing from Mexico into southwestern U.S. states has pushed the synthetic opioid into the top spot for all fatal drug overdoses across the country.

The so-called “Mexican-oxy" is now being seized in record numbers at ports of entry in Arizona and California. The lethal drug being concocted by the Sinaloa cartel and smuggled into the United States is having a sweeping impact nationwide, with fentanyl now involved in most of the fatal overdoses in the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says fentanyl-related fatalities from 2016 to 2017, the latest figures available, accounted for some 28,000 of about 70,000 overdose deaths from all drugs combined.

The cartels are largely using their long-established drug trafficking routes through ports of entry in Arizona and California. From there, the drugs are shipped all across the country.

And while most of the seizures are still occurring at ports of entry in the San Diego area, authorities are now seeing a surge at the border in Arizona.

Just last month at a border crossing in Nogales, Arizona, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents made their biggest bust ever valued at over 3 million dollars

DEA statistics show Arizona fentanyl seizures rose to 445 pounds, including 379,557 pills, in the fiscal year ending in October 2018, up from 172 pounds (78 kilograms), including 54,984 pills, during the previous 12-month period.

That and more can be found on our website, for the BL News, I’m Rich Crankshaw, we’ll see ya next time.

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