The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office of North Carolina successfully seized a staggering $3.7 million worth of the deadly drug fentanyl, enough to claim the lives of 26.8 million people.
The operation unfolded on Interstate 77, where law enforcement intercepted a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer transporting 118 pounds of suspected fentanyl, possibly mixed with cocaine. The wholesale cost of this deadly cargo was estimated at $30,000 per kilogram, according to Sheriff Darren Campbell. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warns that just one kilogram of fentanyl has the potential to kill half a million people.
Two individuals, Lucio Eduardo Chavira Avila, 33, from Parral Chihuahua, Mexico, and Lorenzo Juan Arreola, 44, from Sunland Park, New Mexico, were arrested in connection with the significant drug bust. Bail was set at $3.5 million for each offender.
Sheriff Campbell highlighted the urgent need for border security and increased resources to combat the rising tide of illegal drugs. He expressed frustration with the escalating levels of violence, addiction, and crime associated with the drug trade. Notably, fentanyl-related overdose deaths in North Carolina saw a staggering 658% increase between 2016 and 2022, according to the state’s chief medical examiner.
The Center Square reports that Campbell urged Congress to support the FEND Off Fentanyl Act, emphasizing that this legislation would equip law enforcement with the necessary tools to counter international fentanyl trafficking and prosecute related money laundering. Additionally, the act seeks to continue asset forfeiture programs, enabling authorities to seize drug profits that fund criminal activities and pose threats to communities.
While North Carolina has taken steps to address the crisis, including passing laws that increase fines and penalties for fentanyl traffickers, Sheriff Campbell’s plea underscores the need for comprehensive federal action to stem the flow of deadly narcotics into the country and protect American lives.
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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