Texas state troops captured 3.1 million Lethal doses of fentanyl During a traffic stop in the border town of Mission this week, Gov. Greg Abbott said.
Drugs with a street value of nearly $312,000 were used to control crime in border communities in 2018.
The police went to the scene Mario Reyna Cantu, a 39-year-old Mexican citizen, was driving a black Cadillac SUV on Monday when he committed a traffic violation.
During the stop, a trooper found a white powdery substance at the scene that tested positive for fentanyl, as well as five rolls at the state Public Safety Crime Lab.
“Millions of lethal doses of fentanyl in our state, and indeed our nation, and millions of lives will not enter communities because of this single seizure,” Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said in a statement.
Reyna Cantu was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail on drug charges.
Fentanyl, an opioid up to 50 times more potent than heroin, has caused the latest opioid crisis in Texas and the rest of the US.
Record 106,699 Americans died of drug overdose In the year By 2021, 70% will involve fentanyl, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The DEA has issued a dire warning about fentanyl in 48 of the 50 states, joining the meat-eating ‘Tranqui’.
In the two years since its inception Operation Lone StarAbbott said state law enforcement has seized more than 380 million lethal doses of fentanyl.
Fentanyl, which comes in pill, powder and liquid form, is often cut into other illegal drugs, including heroin and counterfeit pills.
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The Texas House of Representatives passed 143-2 on Tuesday a bill that would decriminalize fentanyl testing.
In the first five months of fiscal year 2023, Customs and Border Protection seized 11,000 pounds of fentanyl along the Southwest border in an effort to easily seize 14,700 pounds of fentanyl by fiscal year 2022.