A former Drug Enforcement Agency official says the war on drugs, particularly the fentanyl crisis, is so bad in the United States that he supports military intervention.
“The president should immediately declare a national security and public health emergency,” former Special Operations Director Derek Maltz Sr. said during a Congressional hearing this week. “Let’s make that clear because we have chemical substances all over our streets. These are not overdoses. In my view, fentanyl is a chemical weapon.”
“The narco terrorists in Mexico are destroying our country,” he continued. “They need to be held accountable, even if it means using our U.S. military.”
Maltz told the “Just the News, No Noise” television show on Wednesday that some members of Congress supported military action against organizations pushing fentanyl.
“I know Michael Waltz and Dan Crenshaw are now calling for the use of the military,” he stated. “This is not the typical opioid addiction, which is a legitimate issue. And there’s so many people that need help. But this is something different. We’ve never experienced it in the history of the country.”
Maltz further advocated a tightening of lawful immigration to limit trafficking operations.
“The kids now in America are on the visas picking up millions of dollars from the cartel operators,” he stated. “Let’s start looking at shutting down visas. But I don’t want to be too optimistic.”
Fentanyl is a highly potent narcotic entering the U.S. in ever-increasing volume. Border officials seized a staggering 9,400 pounds of the substance in the last three months of 2022 alone. In all of fiscal year 2022, authorities seized 14,700 pounds of fentanyl.
Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year
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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