The just lately retired head of the El Paso division of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) warned that the inflow of medication by way of the U.S. southern border has by no means been seen earlier than and threatens to destroy the nation.
“It’s the worst it is ever been,” said Kyle W. Williamson throughout an interview final month with El Paso Occasions. “There is no excellent news right here. And the quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl coming in proper now’s unprecedented.”
Williamson, who retired this yr after 30 years of service, additionally warned a couple of looming drug cartel battle in Juárez and cautioned towards the implications of drug legalization.
Fentanyl overdoses are surging in the USA, prompting the DEA to challenge a uncommon national public safety alert in September concerning counterfeit tablets containing deadly doses of the artificial opioid. Two out of each 5 counterfeit tablets may have a deadly dose, the DEA warned, and two milligrams can kill a human being.
“These counterfeit tablets are simple to buy, extensively obtainable, and infrequently include lethal doses of fentanyl. Capsules bought exterior of a licensed pharmacy are unlawful, harmful, and doubtlessly deadly,” the DEA warned.
“Whereas there can be pundits and folks on the market who’ll disagree [about drug legalization] and so they’ll take the small excessive issues and make them massive, however the actuality is that medicine will destroy this nation; it can destroy our society if we proceed on the tempo that we’re [going],” warned Williamson.
The DEA’s El Paso Division covers West Texas and New Mexico, patrolling roughly 778 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border, which is greater than every other division of the DEA.
The Sinaloa Cartel is essentially the most highly effective drug cartel and has a presence in nearly each Mexican state, and likewise controls the southern border with the U.S. from California to elements of Texas.
“The indictments allege varied violations of United States legislation occurring over a number of years associated to the worldwide distribution of managed substances, together with fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana,” the press launch from ICE reads partially.
Fox Information’ Stephanie Bennett contributed to this report.