Blankley: Border agents seize enough lethal drugs this fiscal year to kill more than 6 billion people

Fentanyl border crisis
Photos of fentanyl seized by federal agents in Arizona during “Operation Blue Lotus” and “Operation Four Horsemen.”
Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations Tucson Field Office

by Bethany Blankley, for The Center Square

(The Center Square) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials alone have seized enough lethal drugs this fiscal year through June to kill more than 6.4 billion people.

The amounts of lethal doses they’ve seized of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine are enough to kill the U.S. population 19 times.

Fiscal year through June, CBP agents have seized 22,000 pounds of fentanyl at ports of entry nationwide, according to most recent data. They also seized 175,000 pounds of methamphetamine and over 70,000 pounds of cocaine.

These amounts are greater than what was seized in all of fiscal 2022.

Two milligrams of fentanyl is considered a lethal dose. One pound, equivalent to 453,592.4 milligrams, is enough to kill 226,796 people. Twenty-two thousand pounds is enough to kill nearly 5 billion people.

According to, a lethal dose of cocaine is over 30 mg; a lethal dose of methamphetamine is an estimated 200 milligrams. Based on these estimates and the seizure amounts, CBP agents seized enough lethal doses of meth to kill nearly 397 million people and enough lethal doses of cocaine to kill over one billion people.

Combined, fiscal year through June, enough lethal drugs have been seized by CBP alone to kill over 6.4 billion people – greater than 19 times the U.S. population of over 335 million.

These seizures exclude those made by state and other federal agencies.

In Texas, for example, over 422 million lethal doses of fentanyl have been seized through its border security mission Operation Lone Star.

In Arizona, one multiagency effort resulted the seizure of enough illicit drugs, including fentanyl, to kill over 40 million people.

In one single carload bust in Los Angeles, authorities seized enough fentanyl to kill over 600,000 people.

In Florida, one multiagency bust seized enough fentanyl to kill the state’s entire population, and that was after a previous bust that seized enough to kill half the state’s population.

Last year, DEA agents seized over 58 million fake prescription pills laced with fentanyl, and 13,000 pounds of fentanyl powder in 2022, “enough fentanyl to supply a potentially lethal dose to every member of the U.S. population. These seizures occurred in every state in the country.”

Last fall, the DEA issued a public safety alert stating six out of every 10 fentanyl-laced fake prescription pills its experts analyzed in 2022 contained a potentially lethal dose, an increase from four out of 10 pills tested in 2021.

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8 replies »

  1. Our federal and state government are not protecting the American people from this chemical weapons attack. It is not a stretch to say that the Biden administration is aiding and abetting this attack.

  2. I suggest everyone watch the recent Tucker Carlson on Twitter interview with RFK Jr..

    Think of RFK Jr. what you like. There is much about his basic philosophy with which I disagree. But his understanding of what our government has turned into should be carefully considered.

    Call it the ‘military industrial complex’, the ‘deep state’, the ‘administrative state’, ‘the swamp’, or whatever you want to call it. James Madison warned of our current state of affairs in Federalist paper #10.

    “AMONG the numerous advantages promised by a wellconstructed Union, none deserves to be more accurately developed than its tendency to break and control the violence of faction.“

    The U.S. Constitution is the most enlightened governmental document conceived to date by humans. It establishes a Republic, not a Pure Democracy. Its first tenants (The Bill of Rights) are to limit its own power. But while the Constitution creates the roadmap, it does not impart the wisdom to consistently choose the proper path. Success, after all, comes with some failures.

    As Benjamin Franklin opined in his final address to the Constitutional Convention of 1787:

    “In these Sentiments, Sir, I agree to this Constitution, with all its Faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years, and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.”

    Franklin has been noted as answering, when asked what form of government was created in the convention, ‘A Republic, Madam, if you can keep it.”

    We again find ourselves at this crossroad. And again, my caution to you all is, quoting Friedrich W. Nietzsche:

    “Beware that, when fighting monsters, you yourself do not become a monster… for when you gaze long into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”

  3. Come on, the Biden administration and his Secretary of Homeland Security
    Alejandro Mayorkas has stated the border is closed and they have curtailed
    the drug concerns, so just think if the border was open, whoops it is !!

    These agencies must have made this drug bust-up, as the Biden administration
    would never lie or make up falsehoods………………… sure.

    • Oh no, not “made up” at all…. They really do seize that much. The problem is, CBP historically only catches half of what gets in, if that.

      Same for human encounters btw.

  4. If it were an ‘open border’ would not the amount seized actually be zero?

    Or perhaps the phrase ‘open border’ is something constructed and seized upon for political points gaining, rather than acting upon comprehensive security and immigration reform?

    • Posting this at 2:55 am, you should put the bong down and go to bed. Or come out from under your bed and read some news about our porous border. None are so blind as those who refuse to see!

      • There ya go, can’t attack the message so go after the messenger with puerile insults.

      • Can you demonstrate anyway or prove that the southern border is not wide open and used for drug and human smuggling? The border is open for political gain and the country is being invaded by thousands if not millions of illegal aliens. Surely, someone as you ready to pounce on any comment not in line with your liberal point of view should be aware of exactly what’s taking place in border states as well as the issues presented by NYC and others of overcrowding by illegals in their sanctuary cities. Your comment offered nothing other than unproven snark!