America has been battling illegal street drugs for decades, but we have never seen anything like this. When the COVID pandemic hit the U.S., illegal drug use dramatically surged, and that has carried over into 2021. As I discussed a few days ago, the amount of meth that CBP agents have seized is up 9 percent so far in fiscal year 2021 and the amount of cocaine that CBP agents have seized is up 64 percent so far in fiscal year 2021. But the largest increase has been in fentanyl traffic. At this point, CBP agents have seized "more than 4,900 lbs of fentanyl during the first five months of FY21, already surpassing the total for all of FY20".
The big drug cartels absolutely love fentanyl for a couple of reasons.
First of all, it is extremely inexpensive to make, and it is very easy to move it long distances.
Secondly, it is exceedingly addictive, and so customers constantly come back for more.
But the only problem is that many of those customers don't last too long. Tens of thousands of Americans are dropping dead from fentanyl overdoses, and this has become a major national crisis.
Once again tonight, vast hordes of addicts will congregate in urban areas where they know they will be able to score some fentanyl. One of those areas is Kensington Avenue in northeast Philadelphia…
The video looks like a scene from an apocalyptic movie – dozens of disheveled people shivering in the middle of a winter night as they camp out around a trash bin on fire among a street strewn with litter.