The Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order that designates the Mexican cartels What terrorist organizations and directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to take measures to maintain the safety of the Texan population.
The Republican President sent a letter to the President of the United States, Joe Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris, requesting Federal terrorist classifications for the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG)as well as other cartels that produce and distribute fentanyl.
Fentanyl is a clandestine killer and Texans are falling victim to the Mexican cartels that produce it.
He added that the cartels are terrorists, so it is time to treat them as such.
“In fact, more Americans died from fentanyl poisoning last year than all terrorist attacks worldwide in the last 100 years. To save our country, particularly our next generation, we must do more to get fentanyl off our streets,” he noted.
The governor, who is seeking reelection, also directed DPS and law enforcement agencies to identify Texas gangs supporting Mexican drug cartels and seize their assets to disrupt cartel networks operating in Texas communities, as thousands of Texans, he said, have been inadvertently poisoned with counterfeit pills laced with the deadly synthetic opioid.
On Tuesday, Abbott sent a letter to state agency leaders directing them to step up efforts to combat the fentanyl crisis preparing for the next legislative session with statutory changes, budget priorities and other initiatives that will improve Texas’ ability to combat deaths from this drug in the state.
The letter also directs state agencies to coordinate efforts to raise awareness of the lethality and prevalence of fentanyl.