A single ICE bust seizes enough fentanyl to kill ‘750,000 people,’ prosecutor says

August 20, 2019

Nate Madden

Federal immigration authorities seized 1.2 kilos of fentanyl — enough to kill hundreds of thousands of people — from a former sheriff’s deputy and his son in West Virginia as part of an ongoing narcotics investigation, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) press release says.

45-year-old Dale McCallister and his 76-year-old father, Larry McCallister — a retired Cabell County deputy sheriff — have been indicted “with various drug and gun crimes” after federal agents seized around 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl, 300 grams of methamphetamine, over $8,000 in cash, and a .357 magnum revolver, the release says. $4,000 of the seized cash was from an earlier undercover purchase of fentanyl.

“It is particularly detestable to see trusted community members and a former law enforcement officer seeking to profit from such a destructive and sure poison,” HSI Washington, D.C., Special Agent in Charge Raymond Villanueva said in a statement. “I am exceptionally proud of the specialized skills unified in the new Mountain and Old Dominion BEST that identified this poison and prevented its distribution.”

Fentanyl is an extremely potent opioid and a key driver of overdose deaths in the ongoing drug crisis. Just a tiny amount of it can kill someone. According to the DEA, “as little as two milligrams is a lethal dosage in most people.”

United States Attorney Mike Stuart said, “Had the fentanyl in this case hit the streets, potentially more than 750,000 people could have lost their lives to overdose.”

“Massive quantities of fentanyl. Massive quantities of methamphetamine. And a gun,” Stuart’s statement added. “All of this incredibly heinous activity was based out of a normal house on a normal street in Barboursville.”

Though ICE does not lay out what relation these arrests have to immigration or border enforcement, it does explain that it was handled by the Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), the mission of which is to “combat emerging and existing transnational criminal organizations.”
In an article breaking down the origins of the current drug crisis in spring 2018, Conservative Review senior editor Daniel Horowitz explained that a large part of America’s drug crisis is being driven by America’s illegal immigration crisis.
Sanctuary policies are also a key driver, Horowitz explained elsewhere:

Every time the media focuses a camera on a desperate “migrant” seeking a better life, just remember that when the cameras are not rolling and when the border agents are preoccupied, there are tons of deadly substances pouring over the border that will make their way to a sanctuary city hub, then to be distributed to every corner of this country and kill off our youth. Open-borders policies are not so compassionate after all.