As U.S. Department of Justice Meets with Chinese Officials to Discuss Fentanyl Production, Americans for Securing all Packages Calls for Action on Drug Pipeline in Global Postal Network
Washington, D.C. – Ahead of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s trip to China for the INTERPOL General Assembly, where he will reportedly discuss efforts to stop the deadly importation of fentanyl, Americans for Securing All Packages issued the following statement:
“We are pleased that the Department of Justice recognizes the urgent need to stem the flow of deadly illegal opioids, such as fentanyl and carfentanil, that enter the U.S. through our foreign trading partners, including China,” said Governor Tom Ridge, senior advisor to ASAP. “As Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and his colleagues meet with the Chinese government, we urge them to address the role that the global postal system plays in providing a pipeline for synthetic opioids into the United States, in large part due to the lack of vital advance electronic security data.”
According to the Department of Homeland Security, over one million packages enter the United States every day without the advance electronic security data that would allow law enforcement to identify and stop packages containing hazardous material. While this data is required for shipments delivered by private carriers, it is not required for packages sent through the global postal network. The resulting loophole provides foreign drug dealers and black market manufacturers with an avenue for shipping synthetic opioids into the U.S., fueling the nationwide epidemic that killed over 64,000 Americans last year.