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Drug Importation & Open Borders Increase Risk of Deadly Fentanyl Infiltrating U.S.

While Mexico grabs media headlines as a source of illicit contraband, America’s northern porous border poses a unique threat when it comes to trafficking of fentanyl.

By NTK Staff | 07.19.2018 @10:24am
Drug Importation & Open Borders Increase Risk of Deadly Fentanyl Infiltrating U.S.

Fentanyl, the deadly substance 50 times more potent than heroin, has increasingly found its way across international borders into the United States where it exacerbates the already devastating nationwide opioid crisis. As Chris Salcedo writes in The Washington Times:

This is the substance that is coming across our borders in shockingly high amounts, dramatically escalating a drug epidemic that has already ravaged much of rural America.

While Mexico grabs media headlines as a source of illicit contraband, as the Daily Beast reports, America’s northern porous border poses a unique threat when it comes to trafficking of fentanyl.

Long-established smuggling routes exist across America’s notoriously porous northern border, which has 120 points of entry, and stretches more than 5,500 miles—encompassing large areas of remote wilderness and numerous waterways.

Now, new legislation in Vermont could exacerbate this deadly problem to untold levels. As Salcedo writes, “drug reimportation” bills proposed by Sen. Bernie Sanders and others could increase trade traffic that could provide cover for the already rampant importation of fentanyl.

But in recent months, the CBSA has observed a sharp increase in the use of commercial vehicles and private cars to ferry much larger volumes of the deadly substance across infrequently used roads in rural Eastern Canada.

As it happens, commercial vehicles are one of the primary threat vectors critics of “drug reimportation” bills pushed by Mr. Sanders and others point to in arguing that dramatically expanding the cross-border drug trade would provide the perfect cover for smuggling operations that could easily dwarf today’s.

Law enforcement officials have expressed grave concerns over the reimportation bills being proposed.

“Bernie Sanders’ drug-importation bill keeps me awake at night,” wrote Derek Arnson, the former chief of police in Nogales, Arizona.

It isn’t just police who are worried. Recently, four former FDA commissioners warned drug importation would expose Americans to illicit products.

However, the former FDA leaders warn in their letter that “global experience confirms that illicit, ineffective, or adulterated products are readily available on the open market and represent one of the most lucrative avenues of organized crime.”

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