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Fentanyl seizures leapfrog 600 percent at Arizona border
Published On: 12-06-2017 in Category: drug trafficking
In recent years, Arizona’s ports of entry (POEs) have become major gateways for huge quantities of fentanyl entering the United States. Stashed in car seats, hidden in clothing and in automobile compartments, the total amount of fentanyl seized in 2017 at different POEs along the Arizona-Mexico border jumped by 600 percent compared to 2016. According to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data, fentanyl seizures at Arizona POEs increased from 20 pounds in fiscal 2016 to nearly 140 pounds in fiscal 2017.
Close to 950 pounds of the synthetic opioids were seized by CBP across the country between October 2016 and August 2017. Of which, about 550 pounds were confiscated at the San Diego and Tucson field offices on the Mexico border. Besides, about four pounds of fentanyl were seized at the El Paso Field Office during this period.
Experts say Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) dominate the transportation of fentanyl and several other drugs into the state of Arizona. Once the drugs enter the U.S., they are moved to stash houses in or around Phoenix and Tucson before being taken to drug markets within Arizona or other cities such as Chicago, Denver, Detroit and New York. Apart from fentanyl, Arizonian cities of Phoenix and Tucson are also the first point of stopover for phenomenal amounts of smuggled Mexican methamphetamine, low-grade marijuana and black tar heroin.
Sinaloa cartel dominates drug scene along Arizona-Mexico border
Phoenix, along with other key points in Arizona, provides an extensive network of drug distribution centers in the country, falling directly under the irrefutable jurisdiction of Mexico’s deadly Sinaloa cartel. The Sinaloa cartel exerts frightening control along Arizona’s southwestern border with Mexico, making Phoenix a prominent hub for all drug-trafficking activities in North America. Cartel members use their connections to exert dominance over the Phoenix and Tucson areas, and supply wholesale quantities of Mexican black tar heroin, methamphetamine, marijuana and cocaine to different street gangs and criminal elements in the region for further distribution.
Geographically, the state of Arizona shares a 362-mile-long border with Mexico. Of which, 306 miles have some sort of fencing, whereas the remaining 56 miles form a porous border, which facilitate cross-border drug trafficking. This predominantly unguarded stretch between Arizona’s POEs connects major cities in the state with drug hubs in neighboring Mexico, making the region a hotbed of drug trade.
Leading a drug-free life
Government officials are making significant efforts in taking a comprehensive approach to deal with the cross-border narcotic trafficking problem, and plan appropriate steps to eliminate the menace from every nook and corner of America. However, breaking free from any addiction depends on an individual’s willingness to recover and regain control of his or her life.
If you or your loved one is battling addiction to fentanyl or any other substance, seek treatment immediately. The Phoenix Drug Treatment and Rehab Center can help you avail one of the best addiction treatment programs and embark on your journey to sobriety. You may call at our 24/7 helpline number 480-696-5152 for more information on different treatment options in your vicinity.