One capsule can kill.

That’s the message the Drug Enforcement Administration is spreading to convey consciousness to the rise in fentanyl.

Thousands of folks cross between the U.S. and Mexico each day on the Pharr International Bridge in Texas.

It’s additionally the place Customs and Border Protection seized $1.2 million price of cocaine and fentanyl on Oct. 1. That’s hardly a dent within the amount of medicine making their means throughout the border via Texas and finally to cities and states nationwide.

“Just the amount of fentanyl just apprehended by the Texas Department of Public Safety just this year is more than enough to kill every man, woman and child in the states of Texas, California and New York,” stated Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 


Most occasions fentanyl, an artificial opioid typically within the type of counterfeit drugs, is manufactured in Mexico. Cartels then illegally convey the drugs throughout the border to greater cities like San Antonio. And from there, the drugs might go throughout the nation.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is seeing a record number of seizures of fentanyl. (Courtesy DEA)

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is seeing a file quantity of seizures of fentanyl. (Courtesy DEA)

“It’s just like making, to really simplify it, chocolate chip cookies,” stated Special Agent Dante Sorianello, a 35-year veteran with the DEA works within the San Antonio District. “Sometimes one cookie, if you’re making it at home, gets more chips in it than the other. If you’re doing that with a potentially fatal poisonous substance, if you make a hot pill, that will kill somebody.”

He says they’re seeing a file quantity of fentanyl and methamphetamine in Del Rio and Eagle Pass, Texas.

“It used to be a kilo here, 10 kilos there. We’re seizing 100 kilos, 40 kilos, 50 kilos,” Sorianello stated. “We have not been faced with the lethality of fentanyl in the streets right now.”


During a latest surge in unlawful immigration, Border Patrol brokers had been relocated to course of the migrants. This led to the closing of inspection checkpoints, permitting drug traffickers to go undetected.

“If the checkpoint is closed, now you get to unload all the stash houses with humans and all the stash houses with drugs and send them in through our Texas highways — I-35, I-20, all the way through,” stated retired Special Agent Victor Avila with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Interstate 35 runs from Texas all the way up to Minnesota. Drug traffickers smuggle drugs across the southwest border to bigger cities like San Antonio. (Graphic by Fox News)

Interstate 35 runs from Texas all the best way as much as Minnesota. Drug traffickers smuggle medicine throughout the southwest border to greater cities like San Antonio. (Graphic by Fox News)

Avila says greater than 90,000 folks have died to this point this 12 months from fentanyl overdoses. 

That quantity doesn’t embrace the individuals who survived.

“I can get you a tip of a pen, and that small amount would kill hundreds of people,” Avila stated. “I don’t call those overdoses. I call those poisonings. And I attribute those murders to the cartel.”