Jamiesfeast – According to the 2024 Alabama Drug Threat Assessment, Alabamians face threats from fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, and cocaine. This assessment was based on responses from 138 law enforcement officers across Alabama who were asked about various drugs. Fentanyl and other opioids received 77 votes, indicating that they are considered a significant drug threat in the state. Methamphetamine, on the other hand, accounted for 56 votes, making it the second biggest drug threat in Alabama.
Southern Border Bust
On Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, a 67-year-old man was caught by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) with over $2 million worth of different drugs. The man was driving a 2021 sedan and attempting to enter the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry’s dedicated commuter lane, as reported by CBP.
The San Ysidro Port of Entry, as stated by the U.S. General Service Administration (GSA), holds the distinction of being the busiest port of entry in the U.S., with a staggering daily processing capacity of over 70,000 vehicles.
According to CBP, they offered more details about the bust at the port by stating:
During the initial inspection, the CBP officer discovered packages in black plastic bags in the spare tire wheel well and radioed for assistance. A K-9 enforcement officer responded to the scene with a CBP human and narcotics detector dog and alerted officers about the presence of narcotics. CBP officers extracted a total of 36 packages with an aggregated weight of 120 pounds. The packages were tested and identified as fentanyl powder, fentanyl pink and blue pills, methamphetamine, cocaine and heroin.
After seizing the car, Homeland Security Investigators took custody of the driver for further interrogation. The driver, who was enrolled in the Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) program, was identified as a trusted traveler. SENTRI enables pre-approved, low-risk travelers to enjoy expedited clearance upon their arrival in the U.S., as stated by CBP.