Police in Florida have arrested an alleged drug dealer who they charged with selling fentanyl-laced cocaine to a number of West Point cadets who then overdosed while on spring break this past week, though why West Point cadets are taking cocaine in the first place is another story.
Local10 News reported that police jailed Axel Giovany Casseus, 21, on Saturday after a judge imposed a $50,000 bail.
The New York Post adds:
After identifying Casseus, an undercover police officer was successfully able to purchase 43 grams of cocaine from him for $1,000, according to an arrest report, the network reported.
While in custody, Casseus admitted to selling drugs to the West Point cadets and his phone contained correspondence with them, authorities said.
“Four cadets were taken to hospital. Of the six people involved, one person was not taken to hospital, and one was not a cadet. Five USMA cadets in total were involved. Two of the cadets remain hospitalized,” a West Point spokesman told The Post on Saturday, adding that the incident is “currently under investigation” by the military academy.
The students were not identified and it is not clear what disciplinary action they will face — which should include, at a bare minimum, expulsion.
“Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine, has become a leading cause of drug death in the United States, where it flows freely into the country through the southern border via Chinese chemical labs,” The Post continued.
While there has always been drug smuggling along the U.S.-Mexico border, what has happened under Joe Biden’s regime is historic.
In addition to the fact that China is essentially waging ‘gray zone’ warfare on the U.S. by providing deadly ingredients to Mexico’s cartels, the amounts of drugs coming across the border since Biden reversed nearly all of former President Trump’s border and immigration enforcement policies has created what is essentially an open border.
In November, the outgoing Drug Enforcement Agency chief in El Paso says the smuggling situation along his sector has gone from bad to worse and has actually never been as bad as it is now under the Biden administration.
In an interview with the El Paso Times, his last in his official capacity, DEA El Paso Division Chief Kyle W. Williamson said the “cartel-driven opioid crisis in the U.S. is the worst it’s ever been since he started with the agency in 1991,” Just The News reported:
His message comes as Mexican cartels that operate at will along stretches of the U.S. southern border are flooding the country with deadly fentanyl and methamphetamine and after the DEA issued an urgent public safety warning, its first in six years, about the alarming increase in the availability of fake prescription pills containing lethal doses of fentanyl and methamphetamine.
“It’s the worst it’s ever been,” Williamson told the outlet. “There’s no good news here. And the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl coming in right now is unprecedented.”
“The violence, intimidation, theft, and financial crimes carried out by [Mexican] TCOs, criminal groups, and violent gangs pose a significant threat to our nation,” the DEA warned in its National Drug Threat Assessment released in March.
“The criminal activities of these organizations operating in the United States extend well beyond drug trafficking and have a profoundly negative impact on the safety and security of U.S. citizens. Their involvement in alien smuggling, firearms trafficking, and public corruption, coupled with the high levels of violence that result from these criminal endeavors, poses serious homeland security threats and public safety concerns,” the warning continued.