(Dmytro “Henry” Aleksandrov, Headline USA) The Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] seized a massive Mexican shipment of fentanyl earlier this week in Michigan — over 1,500 miles north of the southern border.
The Detroit Free Press reported that the federal agents just outside of Detroit snagged 20 kilograms, over 40 pounds, of fentanyl as it was on its way from Grand Rapids to Detroit. Before being transported to Detroit, the fentanyl was produced in Mexico, the DEA said.
“Drug cartels like CJNG and Sinaloa attempt to flood our communities with illicit drugs,” Detroit’s DEA Chief Orville Greene said. “We will continue to work vigorously to identify other associates tied to the delivery of this fentanyl that would have caused untold suffering had it reached its intended destination.”
The Daily Wire reported that a mere 2 mg of fentanyl can be deadly, which means the 20 kilograms that were seized in Michigan would be able to kill 10 million people — almost the exact population of Michigan. Along with local authorities in Metro Detroit, federal agents arrested a woman from Ohio who was allegedly delivering the shipment of fentanyl in a powder form.
“Just because you’re not situated on the southern border doesn’t mean your community is not affected and doesn’t mean that people are not dying from it,” Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said.
Last month, the Border Patrol seized enough fentanyl at the southern California border to kill 50 million people. That shipment also came from Mexico and was likely either smuggled across the border through a vehicle or on foot by drug mules.
Despite all of that evidence, Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador recently denied that fentanyl is produced in his country and went as far as to blame Americans themselves. Also, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency [DEA], Mexican transnational criminal organizations are “increasingly producing wholesale quantities of illicit fentanyl pills and smuggling them into the United States.” The DEA also said that the Sinaloa and the New Generation Jalisco — Mexico’s two largest cartels — “are likely the primary trafficking groups responsible for smuggling fentanyl into the United States from Mexico.”