China & US Join Forces To Stop Postal Service Drug Trade

China & US Join Forces To Stop Postal Service Drug Trade

China & US Join Forces To Stop Postal Service Drug Trade

"Just from these six websites, we identified more than 500 payments to online sellers by more than 300 Americans totaling $230,000, most of which occurred over the last two years", noted Sen.

A bipartisan report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee released Wednesday shows that massive amounts of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid roughly 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine, are infiltrating the country through the U.S. Postal Service, largely purchased online from illicit manufacturing operations in China, reports CBS News.

The Senate probe was carried out by Republican Senator Rob Portman of OH, the subcommittee chairman, and Senator Tom Carper of DE, the panel's senior Democrat. They were able to tie the six retailers to at least seven overdose deaths.

In Highland County, prosecutor Anneka Collins began seeking indictments for involuntary manslaughter against those who provided fentanyl-laced heroin to people who died after overdosing from the deadly concoction. This illicit drug trade has essentially found sufficient loopholes in a government service that has failed to fully implement an electronic data system that will help detect suspicious shipments. The report was critical of the U.S. Postal Service and Customs and Border Protection, saying the agencies have failed to prepare for an increase in global shipments, struggled to cooperate with each other, and been slow to introduce enhanced-screening methods.

"The Postal Service will continue to work tirelessly to address this serious societal issue", spokesman David Partenheimer said in a statement. The investigators declined to name any of the labs in their report.

AP reporters found multiple sellers willing to ship carfentanil - an opioid used as an elephant tranquilizer that is so potent it has been considered a chemical weapon.

Researchers on the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations also contacted Chinese sellers directly.

Sales from China tracked by the Senate investigators were connected to seven confirmed synthetic opioid-related deaths in the United States, the report confirmed.

Those gaps are allowing Chinese vendors to sell mass-produced fentanyl online, and then ship it internationally. "When that 49-year-old man outside of Cleveland, Ohio dies of an overdose of fentanyl within a couple of weeks of getting his delivery, you realize we're not doing our job".

Last October, the Department of Justice announced its first ever charges filed against a Chinese opioid manufacturer, who maintained a web of distributors throughout the USA and Canada. Portman. "These 300 people were located in 43 states, with individuals in my home state of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida sending the most money to the online sellers". He said the, "federal government can, and must, act to shore up our defenses".

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