Indiana Sheriffs seized what they say is “enough fentanyl to kill over 2,000 people” during a routine traffic stop on Tuesday, according to a press release. Earlier that day, county Sheriffs seized 30 grams of suspected methamphetamine during a separate traffic stop.
Three individuals were arrested for both drug and firearm charges in the fentanyl seizure. “During the traffic stop deputies located approximately 5.5 grams of Fentanyl, approximately a half of a pound of Marijuana, over $1,000.00 in U.S. Currency and two guns,” the Sheriff’s office noted.
Fentanyl is a highly potent synthetic opioid. It only takes about the equivalent of four grains of salt of the drug to kill the average adult male. The narcotic is largely responsible for the opioid epidemic in the U.S. that kills hundreds of Americans each day. To learn more about the devastation of the opioid epidemic, click here to watch Sara A. Carter’s documentary “Not in Vein.”
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In a turn of events, the House of Representatives made history on Friday with a vote to expel Rep. George Santos (R-N.Y.), marking the first such expulsion in over two decades. A moment fraught with gravity unfolded as Speaker Mike Johnson wielded his gavel to formalize Santos’ removal, setting a precedent in congressional annals.
Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
Santos himself predicted the outcome in an exclusive morning interview on “FOX & Friends.” This vote not only underlines the House’s rare use of expulsion powers but also sets a critical precedent in handling members facing severe legal challenges.
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