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CBP Seizes Over 500 Pounds Of Synthetic Drugs In Shipment From China

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Cincinnati, Ohio seized 530 pounds of synthetic drugs from China heading to Aurora, Colorado on May 11, according to a Friday press release. CBP says it’s the largest ever seizure of synthetic drugs in the history of the Port of Cincinnati.

The shipment contained over 160 packages addressed to individuals and businesses across the country, and included “regulated medications, agriculture and food products, intellectual property rights violations such as counterfeit handbags and shoes, and 530 pounds of synthetic drugs and controlled substances.”

“As the country’s first line of defense, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is tasked with protecting our nation’s borders as we face an ever-changing threat environment,” Robert E. White, Director of CBP Field Operations for the Chicago Field Office said. “Synthetic drugs threaten the health and safety of our nation’s citizens.

White added, “This seizure epitomizes the dedication of our officers and showcases the significant role they play in ensuring CBP’s strategy to combat the illicit flow of narcotics is successful.”

A significant portion of the drugs seized were found to be “precursors for fentanyl synthesis.” The drug is largely responsible for the thousands of lives lost to the nation’s opioid epidemic due to its high degree of addictiveness and potency.

“I want to commend everyone involved in making sure these deadly substances were never allowed to reach the streets of our communities,” said Cleveland Area Port Director Diann Rodriguez

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Husband of Biden’s Commerce Secretary is Top Executive at Firm Funded by Chinese Government

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Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has a conflict of interest. She must work with her agency to combat and counter China on the world stage, all while supporting her husband’s position as a top executive for an artificial intelligence company whose major venture capital firm investor Is backed by the Chinese government.

Danhua Capital is based in California and is financially backed by the Chinese Communist Party. They are also one of the main funders of PathAI, an artificial intelligence firm that employs Raimondo’s husband, Andy Moffit. Moffit acts as the chief people officer.

The Chinese firm lists PathAI as one of its featured “biotech and health” investments on its website, although it’s unclear how much specifically Danhua Capital has invested. According to a 2018 Reuters report on the firm, Danhua Capital was established and funded as part of the Chinese government’s “penetration of Silicon Valley.”

In 2018, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) testified before Congress that Danhua Capital’s mission is to use capital to narrow the technology gap between China and the United States. The Washington Free Beacon reports that many staffers from CNAS, a liberal think tank, are now employed in the highest ranks of the Biden administration.

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The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that Raimondo’s agency was pushing back on efforts by others in the Biden administration to block Chinese technology firms from working with American companies. Commerce officials are arguing internally, according to the report, that the administration’s tougher approach to China would hurt U.S. companies.

Raimondo said on Thursday she would not urge U.S. companies to pull sponsorships from the upcoming Beijing Olympics after President Joe Biden announced a diplomatic boycott of the games over human rights abuses. “What individual companies do is entirely up to them,” Raimondo said. “We’re not going to pressure them one way or another.”

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