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DEA Warns of Alarming Rise in Drug Use; NY Sees 214% Increase in Meth Seizures – NBC New York

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  • An alarming quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl was seized in New York throughout 2020.
  • The state has seen a whopping 214 % improve in meth and a 59 % rise in fentanyl seizures in comparison with the year prior, in line with the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • According to the DEA, these two will increase not solely present an alarming development in avenue medicine, however the quantity is inflicting concern since methamphetamine and fentanyl are each notoriously harmful and potent, are mass produced by cartels, and are two high contributors to overdose deaths in the United States between May 2019 and May 2020, in line with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) Health Alert Network.  

An alarming quantity of methamphetamine and fentanyl was seized in New York throughout 2020. The state has seen a whopping 214 % improve in meth and a 59 % rise in fentanyl seizures in comparison with the year prior, in line with the New York Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

According to the DEA, these two will increase not solely present an alarming development in avenue medicine, however the quantity is inflicting concern since methamphetamine and fentanyl are each notoriously harmful and potent, are mass produced by cartels, and are two high contributors relating to overdose deaths in the United States between May 2019 and May 2020, in line with the Center of Disease Control (CDC) Health Alert Network.  



“Last month, the CDC Health Alert Network issued an advisory warning that drug overdose deaths significantly increased across the United States, especially deaths involving psychostimulants (methamphetamine) and synthetic opioids (fentanyl),” DEA Special Agent in Charge Ray Donovan stated.  “There were an estimated 81,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States from May 2019 to May 2020 justifying a need to alert New Yorkers that drug overdose deaths lurk behind the public health crisis caused by COVID-19.”  

According to the DEA New York Division, brokers seized almost $170 million of drug proceeds and property, and over $603 million {dollars}’ price of illicit medicine. However, of explicit significance is the unprecedented improve in meth and fentanyl seizures in New York which parallel CDC’s overdose dying information. 

“When drug traffickers introduced fentanyl to the illicit drug market, they created a monster,” Donovan stated in an announcement. “Fentanyl has been a public health nuisance for several years and has taken too many lives too often.  We have seen fentanyl mixed with heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and even marijuana; and it is estimated that 60%+ of all drug overdose deaths in New York City involve fentanyl. Like methamphetamine, fentanyl is produced in ‘Super Labs’ by Mexican trafficking organizations, packaged, and pushed through the border for distribution across the nation.”    

Over the previous year, DEA New York recognized that the continued COVID-19 pandemic has had an affect in drug trafficking organizations operations’ manufacturing, packaging, transportation, distribution, and money laundering ways.

Although the cartels’ capacity to move their medicine throughout the border was interrupted throughout COVID-19, however they tailored.  During that point, New York allegedly noticed drug traffickers use mail companies to ship smaller and extra frequent masses of extremely potent medicine like fentanyl to prison networks in New York, whereas additionally processing fentanyl into capsule kinds for simpler transport.

Additionally, whereas New York has not been a significant meth market in the previous, the rise in seizures allegedly reveals that cartels proceed to push it into the Northeast. U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported methamphetamine seizures elevated 27% from fiscal year 2019 to 2020 on the Southwest Border.

Additionally, apart from a rise in drug trafficking, the DEA New York reviews that there was additionally a big improve of 137% of weapons seized as half of our investigations from 2019 to 2020. 

According to Donovan the important thing to lowering the use of medicine just isn’t solely by means of legislation enforcement however informing the general public of the risks related to drug use.

“In addition to enforcement, it is a time for increased public awareness of the dangers of high-potency street drugs causing overdoses and drug-related deaths,” Donovan stated.



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