Border Patrol Seize Record Amount of Fentanyl in June
By CAROLINE DOWNEY
July 18, 2021 10:20 AM
A display of fentanyl seized by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port of Nogales, Ariz., January 31, 2019 (Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Reuters)
Federal agents seized a record 1,060 pounds of fentanyl in June, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced Friday.
More fentanyl was seized in June 2021 than in the last three Junes combined, the Daily Caller first reported.
CBP reported 109 seizures in June with an average of 9.7 pounds per seizure. That number was down from 132 seizures in May.
CDC data reveals that more than 93,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, marking a 30 percent uptick from 2019, with 69,000 of those overdose fatalities being opioid-related.
The surge in drug-related deaths has primarily been attributed to opioid overdoses, especially from opioids laced with fentanyl, according to the CDCs National Center for Health Statistics. As little as two milligrams of fentanyl can constitute a lethal dose, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.
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