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Frontline Against Fentanyl

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is entrusted with and committed to carrying out its homeland security missions. Part of that includes stopping deadly fentanyl, synthetic drugs and precursors from entering the country. Just 2 milligrams – the size of just a few grains of sand – is a lethal dose. According to the CDC, more than 150 Americans each day – around 55,000 each year – die from overdoses related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

CBP’s fentanyl seizures have increased more than 860% from fiscal years 2019-2023, and fentanyl seizures nearly doubled from fiscal years 2022-2023. Synthetic drugs like illicit fentanyl are taking the lives of more than 150 Americans every day, making fentanyl a serious public health crisis.

CBP is taking a whole-of-CBP approach designed to lead the federal government’s fight against dangerous drugs like fentanyl and synthetic drugs to stop their destructive impacts on Americans. In light of this, in July 2023, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Commissioner Troy Miller tasked a working group to modernize CBP’s strategy to combat fentanyl, other synthetic drugs and precursors. This new strategy realigns the agency’s efforts focusing on officer and agent safety, along with our communities. This new strategy takes a whole-of-CBP approach to the problem with CBP as the lead for the entire federal government.

CBP has been and will continue to be the frontline at America’s borders interdicting weapons, fentanyl, fentanyl precursors and pill presses. Regardless of the direction smugglers try to move this contraband – inbound or outbound – our officers and agents are alert and using the latest intelligence and technology.

Last Modified: May 13, 2024