The trafficking of fentanyl into the United States has been facilitated mainly by illegal immigration at the US southern border.
For over a year, Republicans have repeatedly called on the Biden administration to do the right thing and get some commonsense immigration laws in place. However, the White House chooses to proceed with agendas involving amnesty and open borders.
Illegal immigration poses risks to public safety, national security, and the rule of law. It also causes problems for people who reside in border cities and have a front-row seat to all that’s happening.
Now, in California, a significant bust in fentanyl has just been made.
The Drug Bust Every Single American Should Know About
Last Wednesday, a man possessing enough fentanyl that could take out 12 million lives was apprehended in California. Alfonso Gomez-Santana is facing multiple felony charges of moving and selling a controlled substance, in addition to possession with intent to sell.
The 60-year-old was discovered with a high concentration of fentanyl when he got pulled aside for a traffic stop. Later, after a search of his residence, authorities came across even more fentanyl, along with methamphetamine.
Californians are done tolerating fearless criminals, our worsening homelessness crisis, and fentanyl ravaging our cities.
As California’s next Attorney General, I’ll fight to stop the spiral of lawlessness created by Rob Bonta. pic.twitter.com/A0odcDFuFc
— Nathan Hochman (@NathanHochmanAG) June 27, 2022
On Friday, Gomez-Santana went through the arraignment process where he submitted a not guilty plea. Should he be found guilty by the legal system, the 60-year-old man would spend a little over six years behind bars at the maximum.
Within the past several years, there’s been a rise in people losing their lives to fentanyl. In many cases, the substance can be placed in other drugs without users being aware.
In light of how widespread fentanyl deaths have become, California officials have suggested Gomez-Santana should get a sentence that extends beyond roughly six years.
A Reminder of Necessary Action at the Border
If even a fraction of the fentanyl in Gomez-Santana’s possession was mass distributed, the impacts would have been devastating.
Fentanyl is being smuggled across the southern border at historic rates and it's the leading cause of death for Americans aged between 18-45.
A standard fatal overdose of it is 2 milligrams.
Biden must secure our borders and save American lives.
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) June 27, 2022
As news of this California drug bust spreads, Republicans are renewing calls for Biden to get serious about securing the southern border. If for nothing else, real border security measures would help limit the amount of fentanyl and other illegal drugs pouring into the United States.
The longer this administration waits, the more lives remain in jeopardy.