Arizona Sheriff on “Opium Wars” in 21st Century: China Supplies Cartels With Fentanyl Ingredients to Cause Overdoses in America


    On Wednesday, the sheriff of Pinal County, AZ, Mark Lamb, stated on Breitbart News Daily podcast with host Alex Marlow that China gives Mexico-based transnational criminal cartels with most of the necessary ingredients to produce fentanyl.

    “Centuries ago, there were the Opium Wars that literally almost brought a dynasty to its knees, and I think that China is now exacting that same fate on the West [and] on America,” Lamb said. “They’re bringing in the majority of the precursors that it takes to create the fentanyl. They give it to the cartels in Mexico, and then Mexico is producing the product that they’re transporting into Arizona and into America.”

    There have been a growing number of deaths due to overdose which are mostly related to fentanyl over the past few years. The number of deaths from overdoses in America increased by by 15 percent the year after the beginning of the Biden administration as per data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    Overdose deaths from drugs have increased almost every year since 1999 according to statistics obtained from National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is a division to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The federal government estimated the number of deaths from overdoses to be 91,799 in 2020. The bureaucracy's estimation of the number of national overdose deaths during the twelve-month period ending in January 2021 is 95452. The next twelve-month period that ended in January 2022 surpassed an estimated 108,769.

    Lamb claimed that human and drug trafficking dramatically increased after President Biden took over the White House. He attributed border security to the trafficking of fentanyl as well as other illegal drugs across border U.S.-Mexico border.

    “In 2020, we saw a very reduced amount of people coming into this country,” he stated. “As a matter of fact, I’m not even on the border. I’m 50 miles off the border, and I was having as many apprehensions as people on the border were having. That all changed in 2021, and you can put the pieces of the puzzle together, but overnight, the communication lines stopped and the flow of humans and drugs into this country started going out of control. The train was off the tracks.”

    Lamb spoke about his experiences as a police officer about the amount of human trafficking that occurs across the southern border.

    He said, “A couple of weeks ago, we had five traffic stops in one shift on human-load vehicles — 27 bodies between those five cars — if I sent my guys out every single day — 20 guys — we’d probably have 20-plus traffic stops of human-loaded vehicles. These are people that are being smuggled into America, into extortion, into the sex trade here in America, along with drugs and all these other things, and that is just not the American Way.”

    He told an anecdote about an immigrant woman carrying numerous “morning-after pills” on her body in anticipation of multiple sexual assaults while she was crossing the border.

    “We caught a woman out in the desert and we asked her — she had a baggie full of pills, with 50 pills — and we said, ‘What are these pills?'” Lamb recalled. “We thought maybe they were fentanyl … and she said, ‘I know I was going to get raped multiple times when I crossed the border. These are morning-after pills.’ Where did we get in this country where we lost our moral compass so badly that we put politics in front of people because, politically, you think that aligns with you to have open borders? We allow women and children — women to be raped and children to be used as pawns — it’s just not the America that I know.”

    Lamb has been featured on Turning Point USA's newest documentary series Border Battle.


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