Drugs & Illegal Immigration Facts
Drugs sourced back to illegal immigration is a major source of crime
According to the Colorado State Patrol (CSP), Colorado is in the midst of a 10-year drug trafficking record. Through August of 2022, drug seizures by the Colorado State Patrol are up 173% for fentanyl-bulk (412 pounds), and up 75% for cannabis (4,395 pounds).
Fentanyl, the drug responsible for a huge portion of America’s opioid crisis, is another deadly threat smuggled across the Southern border. Traffickers become emboldened when border agents are preoccupied with processing record numbers of migrants, as is currently happening at the border. Law enforcement seized approximately 19,000 pounds of fentanyl at the Southern border in 2022 – enough to kill every American almost 13 times. It’s also important to remember that this is nowhere near the total amount that is successfully smuggled into the U.S. via the Southern border. Instead, it’s only what law enforcement are able to discover and seize.**