Seizures of hard drugs at the southern U.S. border are set to break records this year, with customs officials in February having already confiscated roughly 60 percent of the entire amount seized last year.
Customs and Border Patrol have already seized nearly 41,000 pounds of methamphetamine this fiscal year, compared to 68,858 for the entirety of last year. Authorities have also already seized 530 pounds of fentanyl versus 2,545 for all of last year.
Fentanyl is a notably powerful drug, with less than an ounce capable of killing thousands of people.
The increase in drug shipments is reportedly linked to cartel politics, with higher demand for the drugs pushing cash-strapped criminal organizations to flood the market.