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DEA Quietly Removes Narco-Busting Aircraft From Mexico As Drug Overdoses Skyrocket

As overdose-induced deaths skyrocket to record highs in the U.S, the (DEA) has quietly relocated a plane fundamental to anti-narcotics operations in , according to Reuters.

The DEA plane was moved to Texas after Mexican officials revoked its parking spot, according to an anonymous U.S. government official and two security sources, Reuters reported. The move coincides with new data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows over 100,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses in 2021, which is a 15% increase from 2020 and a 30% increase from 2019 driven largely by the use of fentanyl and methamphetamine.

China is the primary source of fentanyl and fentanyl-related substances trafficked into the U.S., and the drug is often smuggled into the country at the southern border, according to the DEA. Border officials have seized record amounts of fentanyl from traffickers in 2022.

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