El Paso, Texas – Along the US-Mexico border, drug cartels are seizing an opportunity.
“We are seeing the cartels exploit our current influx of unaccompanied children as well as our influx of single adults and they are bringing in hard drugs,” said US Border Patrol agent Joel Freeland.
Freeland said the US workforce focused on human trafficking allows traffickers to move a staggering amount of drugs, including 59 pounds of fentanyl,, Which has been seized by law enforcement in Texas over the past six months.
Elizabeth Carter of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the result could have been “many victims” if the fentanyl had hit the streets.
In one year, fentanyl seizures have jumped 800% in Texas, and drugs crossing the southern border are fueling an unprecedented epidemic in the United States.
The toll can be counted in the dazzling number of overdose deaths. Among them was Jacob Del Hierro, 20, of Colorado.
“I wake up in shock most of the time. I can’t believe I’ve lost a child,” said her father Chris Del Hierro.
Del Hierro is one of more than 88,000 Americans died of an overdose in the 12 months ending October 2020, up 19,000 from the same period the year before.
“He will live with me for the rest of my life. My wife must have watched as I cried and begged for my son to breathe,” said Chris Del Hierro.