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Drug cartels finding new and ‘innovative’ ways to smuggle drugs into U.S.

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Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) Port Director Michael W. Humphries tweeted about new and clever ways the drug cartel is smuggling deadly drugs into the United States.

Humphries posted a photograph of 14,000 fentanyl pills hidden in medical crutches. Through K9 and X-Ray examinations, the CBP was able to find the drugs.

According to recent reports, Border patrol officials have found illegal substances and huge amounts of the deadly fentanyl pills packed into ordinary every-day objects like coconuts, crutches, car batteries, coffee cans, and even food items like carrots.

his week, CBP officials engaged in a historic fentanyl and methamphetamine bust at the Andrade Port of Entry in San Diego, California, seizing more than 54 pounds of fentanyl and 32 pounds of meth hidden in the fuel tank of a vehicle driven by an American citizen.

“This amount of fentanyl had the potential to kill over 50 million people. We continue to take the fight to the cartels and narcotics smugglers,” said Border Patrol reports.

Humphries also tweeted about additional drugs: “a 3-day period, last Wednesday through Friday, CBP officers stopped 7 loads totaling 48 pounds of meth and approximately 597,640 fentanyl pills. Concealment methods included inside a person, strapped to three pedestrians bodies dash, panels, floor and throughout a car.”

 

 

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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