Political Editors / Jul. 19, 2019

Border Crisis Brings More Drugs Into U.S.

As Border Patrol is overwhelmed with migrants entering illegally, drug cartels have taken advantage.

One of the consequences of the political fight over the border crisis has been a significant increase of illicit drugs pouring into the country. With Border Patrol agents swamped in their efforts to contain and process the massive numbers of migrants illegally crossing the U.S. southern border, the drug cartels have taken advantage.

The Washington Examiner reports, “Border Patrol highway checkpoints in the southern New Mexico region that normally seize seven figures worth of drugs annually have not seized a dollar in nearly four months after being shuttered in late March, allowing drugs to flood into the country. Meantime, with the added supply, prices for illicit drugs are dropping precipitously.”

The Examiner further reports, “Officials have also noted upticks in methamphetamine and fentanyl seizures since March. [Otero County, New Mexico, Sheriff David] Black said the cost of a pound of meth has been slashed in half since then, from $4,700 when the checkpoints first closed to $2,500 by late June. The price dropped because the market is saturated.”

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin explained, “With our checkpoints being closed down, there’s no secondary measure of defense, and [drug traffickers] got a green light to take drugs right into the heart of America.” Police officials noted that fewer seizures generally mean that more drugs are coming in. And the impact of increasing amounts of illicit drugs in the U.S. leads to increased rates of crime, drug addiction, and homelessness.

But hey, open borders — what could go wrong?

(Correction: Otero County is in New Mexico, not Texas as originally stated.)

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