U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers seized more than 12,000 pounds of fentanyl during the first four months of Fiscal Year 23. This nearly equals the nearly 12,500 pounds seized during the entire previous fiscal year.
Between October 1, 2022, and January 31, 2023, CBP officers assigned to ports of entry across the United States seized 12,017 pounds of fentanyl, according to the CBP Drug Seizures Report for January. This compares to 12,493 pounds of fentanyl seized during the entire Fiscal Year 22.
CBP have already seized enough fentanyl to kill 100M Americans in just 5 months.
I introduced life-saving legislation to equip agents at our border w more protective tools, & Dems blocked its passage 3x.
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) February 18, 2023
During the month of December 2012, CBP officers seized 6,200 pounds of the deadly drug. One year earlier, officers seized only 523 pounds.
The agency is on pace to shatter last year’s record for fentanyl seizures. The trend does not appear to be letting up. In February, CBP officers assigned to the Port of Nogales seized another 195,000 fentanyl pills and 2.03 pounds of fentanyl powder hidden in a vehicle crossing the border from Mexico.
On Tuesday, CBP officers at the Nogales POE seized approximately 195,000 fentanyl pills and 2.03 pounds of fentanyl powder hidden in and under the rear seat of a vehicle. Officers performing layered enforcement and utilizing non-intrusive technology contributed to this discovery. pic.twitter.com/TBKBkfH5wf
— Port Director Michael W. Humphries (@CBPPortDirNOG) February 15, 2023
A few days earlier, officers assigned to the Douglas Port of Entry found another smuggler attempting to enter the United States with 185 packages of blue pills that tested positive for fentanyl. Officials say this equates to approximately 180,000 pills.
#ICYMI: On February 8, CBP officers in Arizona conducting vehicle inspections seized approximately 180K blue fentanyl pills within 185 packages concealed in a compartment in the floor of a vehicle. The weight of the packages was just over 45lbs.
— CBP (@CBP) February 19, 2023