Bill Waybourn, Tarrant County Sheriff, joined ex-President Donald Trump at Wednesday's southern border to discuss border security.
Waybourn spoke out about the effects of fentanyl entering Texas from Mexico. He stated that the main hub for fentanyl entering the country is Dallas-Fort Worth in a Fox and Friends interview on Wednesday. He said that the drug is smuggled across the border from Texas to the United States.
Waybourn stated that Tarrant County has experienced a 50% increase in fatal overdoses. Fort Worth Police Department warned in March about an increase of fatal overdoses due to fentanyl in the city.
According to a KTVT-TV recent report, deaths linked to fentanyl have seen a rise in the past year. Tarrant County saw nine deaths from fentanyl in 2019. Fentanyl was responsible for 95 deaths in Tarrant County in 2020.
Waybourn stressed the dangers associated with drug smuggling from Mexico. The Drug Enforcement Administration states that Mexican transnational criminal organisations are the main suppliers and distributors illicit fentanyl in the United States.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Trump asked Waybourn Wednesday at Weslaco if fentanyl was coming from China during Wednesday's press conference.
Waybourn stated that it was coming from the cartels. He said that the Mexican drug cartels should be America's number one enemy.
According to NBC News, federal agents claimed that they have seen a 4,000% increase in fentanyl seizures in the past three years.
Texas Governor. Greg Abbott joined Trump at the border. He also stated that President Joe Biden was responsible for the disaster at the southern border and that the administration had done all it could to reverse Trump's border strategy.
Abbott stated that President Biden's refusal to secure the border has prompted the State of Texas to step up and continue the Trump administration's work by building a wall along with restoring law order at the border.
The Texas Tribune reported that Abbott had pledged $250 million to shift from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice budget, and instead be used for the construction of a border wall.