Rosenstein: Two Chinese Traffickers Charged in Opioid Smuggling

By NTK Staff | 10.17.2017 @11:06am

The deputy attorney general announced Tuesday that the DOJ made a major bust in the fentanyl trade.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced Tuesday that the Department of Justice was charging two Chinese nationals with offenses related to the trafficking of opioids. The bust was a major win for the effort to combat the scourge of drugs and comes as President Trump prepares to declare the opioid crisis a “national emergency.”

“For the first time, we’ve indicted major Chinese traffickers who have been using the internet to transport fentanyl and fentanyl analogues to drug traffickers and to individual customers in the United States,” Rosenstien said.

“More and more of our citizens are being killed by fentanyl,” he added, pointing out that over 20,000 Americans died last year as a result of the drug. “That number is rising at a dramatic rate.”

Rosenstein blamed on Chinese manufacturers and traffickers for importing the drugs into the United States.

The deputy attorney general announced that federal prosecutors indicted both Chinese nationals with drug trafficking charges.

The two individuals had sent thousands of units of fentanyl into the United States, leading to countless deaths, according to the announcement.

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