Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Christopher Olivarez appeared on Fox News on Friday to say that the situation on the southern border is set to “get a whole lot worse” next year.
He said that “the Biden Administration has removed every viable resource” needed by law enforcement. He added that the three essential components required are workforce, technology, and infrastructure, and the federal government has removed all. Olivarez said that the administration has either failed to act or has actively removed tools like the border wall and the “Remain in Mexico” asylum policy.
Olivarez said that conditions on the border are not improving, and he anticipates that in 2022 things will worsen. He said that numbers have not declined and that as illegal immigrants continue to flood across the border, he knows that drug trafficking is increasing as well. He specifically identified fentanyl as the most prevalent illicit drug flooding the border.
At a press conference earlier this month, Olivarez said that during all of 2019 and 2020, a total of 233 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the Mexican border, and so far in 2021, more than 1,300 pounds have been taken.
A Public Safety Drug Trainer, Jennifer Hatch, stated that “fentanyl is 30 times more robust” than heroin and up to 100 times more potent than morphine. She added that as little as “two milligrams of fentanyl is considered doses that will kill a person.”
She also addressed Carfentanil, an extremely dangerous synthetic opioid turning up in border seizures this year. Hatch said it is between 600 and 10,000 more potent than morphine and is commonly used in legitimate medicine by veterinarians as an elephant tranquilizer.
Hatch said that fentanyl is being mixed with and sold on the street as heroin. It is also being pressed into tablets that resemble oxycodone, Xanax, or ecstasy, another illegal but much milder drug.
Olivarez discussed the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Operation Lone Star as part of the state’s efforts to intercept illegal drugs at the border despite the failures of the Biden administration to provide support. He said that the operation has led to the seizure of more than 200 million doses of fentanyl so far this year.