Monday, August 26, 2019

Trump Orders Mail Carriers to Search Chinese Packages for Fentanyl

Source: The Washington Free Beacon

PRC is major exporter of America's deadliest drug

US president Donald Trump / Getty Images

By Charles Fain Lehman | AUGUST 23, 2019

President Donald Trump announced Friday that he will order mail carriers, including FedEx, Amazon, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Service, to search for the deadly drug fentanyl in packages sent from China.

The announcement, which comes in response to new tariffs imposed by the Chinese government on U.S. goods, represents a radical move to combat the flow of drugs from a nation that ships an enormous volume of packages to the United States every year.

On Friday Beijing announced tariffs on $75 billion in goods exported from the United States. The new tariffs, which would be implemented September 1st, are just the latest volley in the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China.

Trump responded to the news on Twitter, saying, "Our Country has lost, stupidly, Trillions of Dollars with China over many years. They have stolen our Intellectual Property at a rate of Hundreds of Billions of Dollars a year, & they want to continue. I won't let that happen! We don't need China and, frankly, would be far better off without them."

Trump continued, "Our great American companies are hereby ordered to immediately start looking for an alternative to China." He further announced he would crack down on the fentanyl trade.

"I am ordering all carriers, including Fed Ex, Amazon, UPS and the Post Office, to SEARCH FOR & REFUSE, all deliveries of Fentanyl from China (or anywhere else!)," Trump wrote. "Fentanyl kills 100,000 Americans a year. President Xi said this would stop – it didn't."

How such an order would be implemented remains to be seen. But if U.S. mail carriers were to substantially enhance their surveillance of shipping from China—or be required to presumptively refuse much of it all together—it would likely have a major impact on the importation of fentanyl into the United States.

Most fentanyl consumed in the United States is produced in Chinese drug labs. According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, the drugs are then either smuggled across the Mexican and Canadian borders, or shipped directly to dealers and users through the U.S. mail. The synthetic opioid is often obscured in otherwise innocuous packages and hidden in the tidal wave of packages that move between the U.S. and China each year.

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Source: Common Sense Wonder

Major Fentanyl Shipment from China Seized in Mexico...29.21 Billion doses

August 26, 2019


THE SECRETARIAT OF THE NAVY OF MEXICO (LA SECRETARÍA DE MARINA–SEMAR) HAS REPORTED A MAJOR FENTANYL SEIZURE BELIEVED TO BE OF MULTI-TON IN THE MEXICAN PORT CITY OF LÁZARO CÁRDENAS IN THE STATE OF MICHOACÁN.

The Mexican government announced the major fentanyl seizure of initially reported by local media outlets to be approximately 25.75 tons (23,368 kilograms or 51,517 pounds) of powdered fentanyl that originated in Shanghai China and was headed to Culiacán, Sinaloa, the home base for the Sinaloa Cartel. According to a government spokesperson, the seizure was a result of a joint operation led by the Mexican naval elements of the 10th naval zone and Lázaro Cárdenas customs enforcement personnel as reported by local media. Michoacán is located in western Mexico and has a stretch of coastline along the Pacific Ocean.

According to government authorities, investigators found the cargo inside a container of a Danish flagged vessel with a cargo manifest indicating that the contents consisted of Calcium Chloride. Authorities took a random sampling of the powdered substance to a specialized laboratory of Mexican Customs and the substance later tested positive for fentanyl. Officials seized a total of 931 sacks of the substance for a total weight of 23,368 kilograms. Government officials indicated that the weight of the suspected fentanyl is still being determined since the investigation is ongoing and later reports indicated that an official weight would be reported at a later date.

According to Breitbart Texas law enforcement sources, powered fentanyl can be easily mass-produced into the black-market oxycodone M-30's known as "Mexican Oxy." The deadly pills are often blamed for contributing to the opioid overdose crisis in the U.S. and the Sinaloa cartel has stepped up production of the product for the U.S. drug market.

Breitbart Texas reported on significant fentanyl seizures related to the Sinaloa Cartel. In April, Mexican federal investigators discovered an active lab in Culiacán. Also in April, the Mexican Army and state police seized 12,260 pills a checkpoint in Sonora. Last week, Breitbart Texas reported on the arrest of two fentanyl cooks working for the Sinaloa Cartel. In late July, an illegal immigrant from Mexico and a former municipal police officer were indicted in Amarillo, Texas, after he was arrested for transporting approximately 72 pounds of the opioid.

Earlier this week, the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in Arizona announced that over 1 million fentanyl pills were seized in the state in Fiscal Year 2019. The cumulative seizure easily surpasses FY2018 when approximately 380,000 pills were seized by DEA’s Phoenix Field Division and law enforcement agencies throughout the state. By comparison to FY2016, 20,000 pills were seized statewide, according to the DEA.
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