President Donald Trump repeated his belief that a border wall would prevent drugs from being smuggled into the United States from Mexico despite evidence to the contrary.
Trump told the New York Times on Thursday:
“When we talk about drugs coming from China, the fentanyl — you look at the heroin and a lot of the other drugs, they come from — 90 percent, more than 90 percent — from right across the southern border. And unlike what the Democrats say, they don’t, you don’t bring trucks of drugs through the checkpoints. You bring trucks of drugs by making a right 20 miles, and a left into the country. They’re not bringing, you know, they bring massive amounts of drugs, and they do it because there’s no barrier, there’s no hardened wall that you can’t knock down with your breath.”
The latest massive drug bust by Border Patrol, however, disproves what Trump is saying about substances flowing in from Mexico.
Customs and Border Protection officers on Thursday discovered 254 pounds of fentanyl – to date the largest seizure of the narcotic – in a truck trying to enter the United States through a legal port of entry in Nogales, Arizona. A drug-sniffing dog caught a whiff during a routine inspection, which tipped off the authorities.
Fentanyl, a pain-killer 100 times stronger than morphine, was stashed in tractor-trailer transporting cucumbers. It often gets mixed in with heroin, frequently resulting in overdoses and death.
Border Protection agents also found 395 pounds of methamphetamine hidden in the truck. Officials estimate the black market value of the drugs to be nearly $5 million.
Trump lauded the bust in a tweet Thursday afternoon.
“Our great U.S. Border Patrol Agents made the biggest Fentanyl bust in our Country’s history,” Trump said. “Thanks, as always, for a job well done!
Our great U.S. Border Patrol Agents made the biggest Fentanyl bust in our Country’s history. Thanks, as always, for a job well done!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 1, 2019
Conveniently, Trump omitted the part about the “trucks of drugs through the checkpoints,” which is exactly what happened.
— Jacob Soboroff (@jacobsoboroff) February 1, 2019
Deliberately leaving out where these drugs were confiscated so as to make it looked like a wall is desperately needed. Fool thinks we aren’t paying attention.
— 💫Patsy💥Dryden ☘️🌊🌹 (@Patta47cake) February 1, 2019
Using an x-ray machine…and drug sniffing dogs….neither had a wall around them.
— P.Salvati Norris (@NorrispPattie) February 1, 2019
So now, in his mind, trucks drive through the desert sand?
— Mockingbird (@Uncle_Zeno) February 1, 2019
Awwww… Another fact that confirms @realDonaldTrump has no clue if what's going on.
— Mira Wells (@1nomore1) January 31, 2019
My God! We were fortuitously saved by the fact the drug mules in their high-tech super truck made that left turn directly into a checkpoint!
One day the odds suggest they will turn left at the right spot… but not today, drug mules! https://t.co/MYnHYJfDGG!
— K2 Traverse (@K_KTraverse) February 1, 2019
The president also credited the wrong agency.
it was a port of entry
— Morewürk T'doo 🇺🇸 (@realDFratello) February 1, 2019
Border Patrol Agents were not involved.
— Gareth Morgan-Jones (@Gwydion620) February 1, 2019
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) called out the president’s questionable narrative in a Twitter post on Friday.