Rick Scott accuses ‘savage cartels’ of drug problems in Florida

A US senator from Florida redoubled his criticism of Joe bidenMonday’s border policy, claiming it allowed “savage cartels” to flood the streets of Florida with illegal narcotics.

“Law enforcement in Florida is seeing more and more dangerous drugs in our communities hurting families because of the wild cartels having free rein (sic) at the border,” said the US senator. Rick scott, in a statement from his Senate office.

“Every state is a border state,” argued Scott. “I have heard sheriffs across Florida talk about how this crisis is hurting our families. According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data, there has been more than double the amount of fentanyl smuggled across our border compared to all of last year – killing thousands of Americans – and l he year is not even over.

For Scott, this continues the harsh rhetoric about the border crisis. Fentanyl has been a recurring concern and he has been prepared to attack Biden on several occasions, sometimes personally, on the so-called “open borders”.

“I don’t know how Joe Biden gets up in the morning and looks at himself in the mirror and thinks, ‘I’m okay with more fentanyl coming into this country that’s going to impact a family.’ I mean, he had a family that actually deals with drug addiction, ”the senator said at a June conference. Fox News interview, presumably referring to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, whose challenges have been documented.

At the time, the senator also said law enforcement in the Sunshine State told him that an “incredible increase” in fentanyl presented serious challenges.

“So in my state what you see is you see you talk to our law enforcement and our sheriffs, they will say there is an incredible increase in fentanyl and the number of fentanyl overdoses that have happened since Joe Biden got elected. Their belief is that it’s fentanyl crossing the southern border because it’s completely open now, “Scott argued.

Scott later added that “in a state like Florida, what you see are individuals who have never been checked, which is not correct, or the drugs coming in, which brings the forces order to change the way they allocate their resources. “

Govt. Ron DeSantis sent law enforcement to the southern border to help fight illegal entries, and in a press conference in Del Rio, Texas, the governor claimed that many people apprehended by Florida officials were bound for the Sunshine State.

“Seventy percent of the people they banned said their ultimate destination was the state of Florida,” DeSantis said. “It’s something that every time there’s a wave across that border, I’m not saying it’s 70% in every part of the border, but for here it’s the majority.”

The state has put more emphasis since, with actions last week. Attorney General Ashley moodythe office of filed a complaint against the Biden administration for its enforcement of immigration laws. DeSantis, meanwhile, issued a Executive Decree prevent state agencies from helping resettle undocumented border workers.

DeSantis also cautioned against fentanyl, tweet in july: “In the last month alone, 1,050 pounds. deadly narcotic fentanyl was seized at the southwest border. That’s enough to kill 72% of the American population. 27 times more fentanyl was seized in June 2021 compared to June 2018. ”


Florida Politics Capitol Correspondent Renzo Downey contributed to this report.

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