So, exactly as I recently explained awhile back, the "opioid overdose epidemic" is overwhelmingly street addicts checking out permanently from seeking higher highs due to acetyl fentanyl-laced heroin, not codgers eating their bottles of Norco and Percocet.
Evidence to the point:
Authorities confiscated nearly 195 pounds of fentanyl in a pair of busts that prosecutors said included one sting that netted 32 million lethal doses of the drug, an opioid 50 times stronger than heroin.Four people were arrested after the busts in August and September that also netted 75 pounds of heroin and cocaine. Bridget G. Brennan, New York City's special narcotics prosecutor, said the busts come as overdose deaths hit an all-time high in New York's five boroughs in 2016.
"The sheer volume of fentanyl pouring into the city is shocking," she said. "It's not only killing a record number of people in New York City, but the city is used as a hub of regional distribution for a lethal substance that is taking thousands of lives throughout the Northeast."In the first bust, on Aug. 1, 2017, police and federal agents seized more than 140 pounds of fentanyl — the most in the city's history — after watching Rogelio Alvardo-Robles and Blanca Flores-Solis receive what appeared to to be a package of cocaine from an unknown trafficker at a Walmart in Manhawkin, New Jersey. Authorities said that after the exchange, they went back to an apartment building in Queens' Kew Gardens neighborhood, where a DEA agent approached them and seized the alleged drugs.Afterward, authorities said they got a search warrant for their apartment and found 97 packages of drugs in suitcases and a purse in a bedroom; 84 of the packages were either filled with pure fentanyl or heroin laced with the powerful drug. Authorities said the trove could have had enough doses to kill 32 million people from overdoses.Then, on Sept. 5, authorities seized another 53 pounds of fentanyl-laced heroin and another 2 pounds of uncut fentanyl during a stop near Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. That bust came after detectives and DEA agents watched Edwin Guzman and Manuel Rivera-Santana pick up a duffel bag from men inside a tractor trailer and drove back into New York City.After the stop police got a search warrant to open the locked duffel, and found 25 1-kilogram bricks with the drugs.The four people arrested in the two busts each face criminal drug possession charges; Guzman and Rivera-Santana also face conspiracy counts.
For those of you striving against the residue of public-school mathematics, let's break that down: if 85 pounds of acetyl fentanyl would kill 32M people, that means the lethal dose is (38,636 mgs divided by 32M LD50 doses =) 0.0012 mgs, i.e. 12 micrograms.
For reference, a grain of common table salt weighs between 300 and 600 micrograms.
Remember this the next time some potheaded large "L" Libertardian starts yapping about the people in the federal pen for "non-violent" drug offenses.
(Ask them to explain how legalizing bringing this sh*t into the country will result in less harm to society, after they've imported in a couple of duffel bags enough of their home-cooked crap to wipe out the entire population of NYFS and Pennsylvania. Because reasons.)
And to bring this the extra mile, I suspect someone at the DEA is smoking some seized product, because that would make the fentanyl somewhere around 1433 times more lethal than Sarin nerve gas. (>cough< Bullshit! >cough<) Common Core math at federal agencies for the win.
Nonetheless, offering the arrestees LWOP instead of execution for that level of dealing/distribution, in return for rolling over the entire supply chain, is the way to play this. Highest guy holding the bag gets the death penalty, everybody else gets shipped to some Chateau D'If-style hole, with a plate of food shoved through a slot morning and night, until they keel over. It sounds like the arrestees are just some more Dream Act folks, selling Americans the illegal poisons Americans won't sell.
Junkie ODs are Darwinism in action. And executions for drug peddling should be as common as parking tickets. So if we're going to have a War On Some Drugs, let's really make it a war. Starting with killing the enemy. What we have now is a Controlled Pressure On Distribution Pipelines To Maximize Cartel And Crooked Cop/Judge/Congressman Profits.
Also nota bene, none of the Libertardian Usual Suspects seriously argues for abandoning the War On Murder, the War On Armed Robbery, or the War On Rapists, despite the fact that these illegal activities have been going on since at least back to the time of Cain and Abel, predating the War On Some Drugs by something like 5900 years.
Why izzat, d'y'spose?