Fentanyl distribution could be charged with murder

Fentanyl distribution could be charged with murder

NACO, Ariz. (NewsNation) — Amid increased trafficking of fentanyl across the U.S.-Mexico border and into communities across the United States, two members of Congress have introduced a bill to make the distribution of fatal fentanyl a felony murder.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Texas Representative Tony Gonzales introduced the Fentanyl Deadly Distribution Murder Felony Act, Rubio joined 13 Republican co-sponsors on the side of the Senate.

“Sign up for America to come together and keep our kids safe, and part of that is making sure fentanyl isn’t on our streets,” Gonzales told NewsNation. “The other part of that is making sure that anyone who puts fentanyl on our streets gets the book thrown at them, that they’re subject to the highest levels of legal cause for that.”

The Nogales, Arizona port of entry has seized the vast majority of fentanyl crossing the southern border: 5.1 million pills and more than 42.2 pounds of fentanyl powder have been seized since August 1.

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning for “rainbow” fentanyl, pills that look like candy but contain a powerful synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine. The agency also claims the drug is present in 18 states, meaning hundreds of thousands of pills are bypassing CBP agents, Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies.

“Fentanyl is killing Americans at a record level,” Rubio said in a statement. “This deadly drug is widespread throughout our country and has left no community untouched. This bill would make drug dealers pay the price for selling deadly fentanyl.”

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Fentanyl overdoses caused about 71,000 deaths in the United States in 2021, up from 58,000 the previous year, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The synthetic opioid is one of the main drivers of the rising rate of drug overdose deaths in the US, which reached record levels in 2021.

Rubio said in his announcement that fentanyl use is the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 18 and 45. The Associated Press has debunked similar claims that fentanyl is the leading cause of death among American adults. Both heart disease and cancer kill more people, according to the CDC.

Several Republican lawmakers have reiterated the claim in recent months as they have proposed legislation to address the drug’s impact, such as Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) as she introduced legislation in June to classify fentanyl as a firearm. massive destruction.

On Wednesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed an executive order designating the cartels as terrorist organizations. He directed the Texas DPS to crack down on any gang activity and any cartel-related activity.

This comes as Abbott says that Texas DPS has seized enough fentanyl to kill everyone in the entire United States. He says that has been going on since Operation Lonestar began last year.

The Hill contributed to this report.

Source : www.newsnationnow.com

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