DEEPEN: Fentanyl trafficked more than heroin for first time in US history | News

TUCSON (KVOA) – This is a dark historic milestone in the trafficking of illegal drugs across the United States-Mexican border.

According to data from US Customs and Border Protection, fentanyl is being trafficked more than heroin for the first time in history.

According to the data, in fiscal year 2021, CBP seized more than 111,000 pound sterling fentanyl versus 5,400 Kg. of heroin.

The Digging Deeper team spoke with the Drug Enforcement Administration about what they see in the fight against illegal drugs.

Deputy Special Agent Polo Ruiz told us the DEA was seized around 9.4 million pills last year. He said that was enough for him to kill every person in the USA.

He said Arizona is the gateway for trafficking these drugs across the country.

He says the main culprit in our region is the Sinaloa Cartel. He said the cartels are so focused on fentanyl because they can make anywhere from $2 to $20 per pill depending on where it’s sold and don’t. need to rely on nature and large fields like for marijuana.

It has more appeal than using heroin.

“They’re taking away the taboo, like in heroin you should inject or you can smoke it, but now they’re converting the simple equivalent of heroin into a pill form,” Ruiz said. “But now it’s a synthetic version but it’s a higher purity rate.”

The Digging Deeper team spoke to Sam Nagy, who has recovered from addiction on his own and now goes through several aims to help others live a drug-free life. It also helps with homelessness and mental illness issues.

He says he’s lost friends to fentanyl overdoses and hopes anyone struggling with addiction will. to look for to help.

“It’s very important for us as a community to partner up and meet those needs and not be afraid to talk about it,” Nagy said. “Let’s be real. It’s something that’s very stigmatized, I think. Let’s let these people know what’s going on.

Agent Ruiz said a dangerous trend the DEA is seeing is cartels mixing fentanyl with methamphetamine, making it even more addictive.

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