U.S. Customs and Border Patrol announced it had made its largest-ever fentanyl seizure at a legal port of entry Thursday — and Twitter users noted how ironic that reality was.
The Associated Press reported that CBP seized nearly 254 pounds of fentanyl at the Nogales port of entry at the Mexico border in Arizona. The smuggler used a tractor-trailer carrying produce and was discovered after it was inspected at the Mariposa border crossing.
MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff pointed out how the facts of the seizure discount President Donald Trump's claims that drugs are being smuggled via individuals crossing over from the unwalled parts of the US-Mexico border.
"Guess where? Port of entry, not desert," Soboroff wrote. "Guess who? Mexican national, not Central American asylum seeker. Guess how? In a tractor-trailer, not a backpack. Guess what didn't stop it? A wall. Agents using technology did."
CBP announces *massive* seizure of fentanyl at AZ border. Guess where? Port of entry, not desert. Guess who? Mexi… https://t.co/QMxI2Gfq9q— Jacob Soboroff (@Jacob Soboroff)1548958534.0
Juliette Kayyem, a former Homeland Security official, noted the inconsistencies as well.
"In a normal world, this would be heralded as fantastic news showing how our efforts can stop the devastation of #fentanyl," she tweeted. "But since the only focus of [the Trump White House] is with a wall -- rather than tough border protection efforts -- it's viewed in that context."
I want to add: bravo to @CBP. In a normal world, this would be heralded as fantastic news showing how our efforts… https://t.co/tGg06TNhEa— Juliette Kayyem (@Juliette Kayyem)1548962442.0
Check out more responses below:
Great job interdicting highly lethal Fentanyl, at a border checkpoint. Trump’s wall won’t prevent trafficking thru… https://t.co/5RCfAhEF3f— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1548957733.0
57,600,000 lethal doses of fentanyl seized in one truck on Saturday. Note, for those of you keeping tally at home:… https://t.co/b1Atk5mIx6— David Bradford (@David Bradford)1548963232.0
Republicans are touting record fentanyl bust in Arizona as proof wall is needed. The bust was made at an official border crossing— David Lazarus (@David Lazarus)1548962980.0
Huge fentanyl bust at the border. THE WALL WOULD NOT HAVE STOPPED IT. It came in a truck through A POINT OF ENTRY.… https://t.co/CagijAuPB8— Robert W (@Robert W)1548959545.0
Trump is going to jump all over this! Just remember this was seized at a LEGAL PORT OF ENTRY! A WALL WOULD NOT ST… https://t.co/ZRtS1nop3Z— Ryan Hill (@Ryan Hill)1548960771.0
The fentanyl was seized at a legal entry point, as usual. Further evidence the wall is an idiotic idea. https://t.co/1B481X4HU3— Thor Benson (@Thor Benson)1548961252.0
The fentanyl seizure that happened today happened at a US point of entry, so @CBP did its job. Which is what it doe… https://t.co/gQHl8OJPi8— Julio Ricardo Varela (@Julio Ricardo Varela)1548957219.0
Pelosi is correct! Why would a drug dealer risk going through the port of entry at the border with the largest fent… https://t.co/su37nVSAk2— Kioto (@Kioto)1548963031.0