San Francisco’s progressive soft on crime policies almost cost one toddler his life. A ten-month-old was playing in a park when he almost died from fentanyl poisoning. The toddler was merely crawling in the grass when he suddenly couldn’t breathe and began to turn blue. The nanny quickly called 9-1-1 and paramedics administered the anti-overdose drug Narcan, saving the boy’s life.
“I shook him, and I’m like, something’s wrong,” the boy’s nanny told WRAL News. “I saw his face and he was dizzy. I thought he’s not breathing.” The Center Square reports that fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, “can be accidentally absorbed through skin contact and by breathing the powder.” It is also odorless, can be undetectable by the naked eye, and only “two milligrams of the illicit opioid, the weight of a mosquito, is considered a lethal dose.”
In an effort to raise public awareness, the toddler’s father decided to share a copy of his son’s hospital report with the San Francisco Chronicle. According to Sutter Health’s CPMC hospital report, the diagnosis was listed as an “accidental fentanyl overdose, initial encounter” followed by “respiratory arrest.”
The father, Ivan Matkovic, told The Chronicle “It’s not just dealers and people you don’t know who are impacted by this, it’s tipping over into the broader populace.”
Fentanyl overdoses are plaguing the United States. From street drugs being laced with the cheaper opioid to being disguised as candy, tragic stories on victims of all ages are published daily.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency recently issued its second public safety notice in roughly a year on the dangers of fake pills laced with fentanyl. The Center Square reports of the fentanyl crisis sweeping the nation:
Since last March, Texas law enforcement officers have seized over 352 million lethal doses of fentanyl in pill and powder form being brought in through the southern border – enough to kill everyone in the United States. Florida law enforcement officers over a several month period this year seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in Florida. That was after officers in a separate operation seized enough fentanyl from a Mexican cartel-related drug bust to kill half of Florida’s population.
FBI warns Venezuelan, other foreign gangs ‘exploiting migratory surge’ at U.S. border
Venezuelan officials warn that the leader of the Tren de Aragua gang escaped from prison last year and could be hiding in the United States. The Venezuelan gang is exploiting the migratory surge at the United States border, and the FBI warns it is likely making alliances with the violent Salvadoran gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13).
According to veteran FBI agent John Morales, a special agent in charge of the El Paso division in Texas, amidst the growing violence in the United States, MS-13 and other dangerous gangs could form a temporary alliance.
“Although these gangs normally do not mix, it will always be a concern as the [Tren de Aragua] band grows stronger and establishes a foothold,” Morales explained. “At this moment, we are working with our local law enforcement partners and sharing intelligence to stop the growth of the Tren de Aragua.”
Members of these two criminal groups have been detected in U.S. cities such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, and Chicago, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Immigration officials say that criminals are illegally remaining in the U.S. after they are released from immigration detention centers, committing violent crimes, including murders.
Between October 2022 and September 2023, Border Patrol agents detained 41 members of the Tren de Aragua along the southern border, and now FBI agents are asking Venezuelan migrants to report gang members in exchange for witness protection and temporary visas.
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