fentanyl presser

Twin Falls Police Chief Craig Kingsbury speaks about fentanyl drug overdoses in his city over the past year at a press conference.

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BOISE — Across the state, Idaho State Police are concerned about the availability and use of methamphetamine and fentanyl, which they say is becoming easier to manufacture and distribute and is leading to more overdose deaths.

Seven law enforcement officials from around the state, including the chief of police in Twin Falls and the Bannock County sheriff, joined a roundtable with Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday to discuss the issue and its connection to the United States’ border with Mexico. According to the most recent Oregon-Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area report, meth and fentanyl are primarily imported to the United States from Mexico, and many of the drug trafficking organizations in Oregon and Idaho originate from Mexico or California. Of the 28 international drug trafficking organizations investigated by the task forces in 2020, 24 were identified as originating in Mexico.

This article first published in the Idaho Capital Sun.

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