CBP Officers at South Texas Ports of Entry Post Significant
US Customs and Border Protection reported a 1,066% increase in the amount of fentanyl seized in FY2021 in south Texas.
Agents across eight ports from Brownsville to Del Rio seized 87,652 pounds of narcotics, including 588 pounds of fentanyl.
Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in the US and is 50 times more powerful than heroin.
The chemicals used to make fentanyl are commonly shipped from China and India to the US or Mexico.
Cartels in Mexico smuggle the drugs into the US.
The drug can be mailed in shipments of less than a kilogram.
From May 2020 through April 2021, synthetic opioids like fentanyl accounted for about 64,000 overdose deaths in the US.