Doug Bedell — March 1, 2019, 4:14 pm

A Need to Be Clear About Drug Smuggling Routes


One of the biggest security issues of the day – if not the biggest – is President Trump’s asserted need for a wall, or even a fence, on the southern border to stop human trafficking and drug smuggling there.

Yet, a Sylvia Longmire column on InHomeland Security is entitled “Why Border Fencing Won’t Stop the Top Drug Threat to America.” The top threat is, of course, the opiate crisis, chiefly the need to stop “opiates like heroin and fentanyl from entering the country from Mexico”.

Unfortunately, Longmire writes, “the vast majority of fentanyl “is being smuggled into the United States through either the U.S. Postal Service or ports of entry along the U.S-Mexican border” and fencing or a wall won’t stop it.

A big mode of transit is from China, “where the chemicals used to create fentanyl are largely manufactured.” And they enter the U.S. by mail. Before anything else in security matters, there’s a need to be clear about alleged realities.

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