reported an increase in fentanyl in Texas
US Customs and Border Protection reported an increase in fentanyl in Texas 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. Cartels in Mexico smuggle the drugs into the US. From May 2020 through April 2021, synthetic opioids like fentanyl accounted for about 64,000 overdose deaths in the US. CBP seized a total of 624,500 pounds of drugs, including 11,203 pounds of fentanyl which is enough to kill the entire U.S. population about eight times over.