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Virginia County State Police recover opioid more ‘powerful and deadly than fentanyl’

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According to a local report, Virginia State Police say they have recovered a synthetic opioid “even more powerful and deadly than fentanyl.”

Protonitazene “is a new synthetic opioid that is around three times more powerful than fentanyl – which is already 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine” reports Fox News.

While “Opioid prescriptions have fallen about 40% in the last decade amid restrictions by hospitals, insurers and state officials,” the “deaths tied to the medications remain at 13,000 to 14,000 per year. And studies suggest people who become addicted to opioids continue to start with prescription opioids, before switching to cheaper heroin and illegally-made fentanyl” adds Fox News.

In December, the Center for Forensic Science Research & Education warned that “nitazenes” were gaining traction across the United States and Canada. Dr. Kimberly Lane, a chemistry professor at Radford University, explained the deadly drug to WFXR-TV: protonitazene binds tighter to receptors in the brain, making it more potent. She said the drug has started to become a concern in just the last few months.

“Because it’s a fairly new drug, they’re still looking at how it binds and what that might look like,” Lane said. Narcan is a life saving drug administered to individuals as they experience an overdose in order to reverse the drug’s affects.

“A single nasal spray is usually sufficient to help someone experiencing an overdose caused by fentanyl. However, someone may need two to three times that in order to treat a protonitazene overdose” Fox News adds. “Last year, U.S. overdose deaths soared to a record of 107,000 driven overwhelmingly by fentanyl and other illegal opioids.”

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3 Drug seizures in under 90 minutes occurred at just one port of entry on Biden’s ‘secure borders’

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The United States Customs and Border Protection Agency executed “three searches resulting in drug seizures within hours of each other at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, authorities said. In total, more than 89 pounds of methamphetamines and fentanyl were seized by officers from the vehicles” reported San Diego’s Fox 5.

So much for Biden’s “secure border” claims. Not only were the dangerous drugs seized, it is important to note just who they were seized from. The attempted smugglers were “individuals enrolled in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection” or SENTRI.

“The backbone of our SENTRI program relies on the persons enrolled being Trusted Travelers, so that we can speed inspections in those dedicated lanes,” Mariza Marin, CBP Port Director at the San Ysidro Port of Entry, said in a news release.

“However, we know that those individuals are low risk, and not no risk, so while we speed these travelers along, they are not exempt from inspection.  Seizures like these are one of the reasons that our SENTRI members are always inspected by our officers when entering the United States.”

The drugs seized during the three stops weighed a combined total of 89.73 pounds and have an estimated street value of more than $272,000, CBP said. The drivers were all turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Homeland Security will conduct an investigation.

“CBP would like to remind the public that the ability to use these designated SENTRI lanes is a privilege.  Violations of any kind will lead to expulsion from the program,” Anne Maricich, CBP Acting Director of Field Operations in San Diego, said in the release.

“SENTRI lanes have always been a win-win for us, allowing for lower wait times for frequent border crossers, and more information so our officers can sort traffic and focus more on higher risk inspections.  For the program to be effective though, our officers continue to stay vigilant to spot anyone who might attempt illegal activity, even if they were considered lower risk.”

As for the details of the busts, Fox 5 reports:

All three seizures took place on July 21, with the first search having been conducted just after 6 a.m. on a person using the designated SENTRI lanes, the release stated. During this stop, 51.94 pounds of methamphetamines were discovered inside a spare tire well.

Less than an hour later, another individual using the SENTRI lane was found with 7.63 pounds of powder fentanyl in the undercarriage of his vehicle, according to CBP. The third and final seizure took place not 30 minutes later, just after 7:30 a.m., when officers found 30.16 pounds of methamphetamines concealed in their vehicle’s rear bumper and undercarriage.

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