Stories
Slash Boxes
Comments

SoylentNews is people

posted by Fnord666 on Sunday January 28 2018, @04:10PM   Printer-friendly
from the the-gray-web dept.

With Google, Bitcoins, and USPS, Feds realize it's stupid easy to buy fentanyl

A congressional report released Wednesday lays out just how easy it is for Americans to buy the deadly opioid fentanyl from Chinese suppliers online and have it shipped to them via the government's own postal service. The report also lays out just how difficult the practice will be to stop.

After Googling phrases such as "fentanyl for sale," Senate investigators followed up with just six of the online sellers they found. This eventually led them to 500 financial transaction records, accounting for about $766 million worth of fentanyl entering the country and at least seven traceable overdose deaths.

[...] "Thanks to our bipartisan investigation, we now know the depth to which drug traffickers exploit our mail system to ship fentanyl and other synthetic drugs into the United States," Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said in a statement. "The federal government can, and must, act to shore up our defenses against this deadly drug and help save lives."

Related: Opioid Addiction is Big Business
Heroin, Fentanyl? Meh: Carfentanil is the Latest Killer Opioid
Tip for Darknet Drug Lords: Don't Wear Latex Gloves to the Post Office
Cop Brushes Fentanyl Off Uniform, Overdoses
Congress Reacts to Reports that a 2016 Law Hindered DEA's Ability to go after Opioid Distributors
Opioid Crisis Official; Insys Therapeutics Billionaire Founder Charged; Walgreens Stocks Narcan


Original Submission

 
This discussion has been archived. No new comments can be posted.
Display Options Threshold/Breakthrough Mark All as Read Mark All as Unread
The Fine Print: The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. We are not responsible for them in any way.
  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by PocketSizeSUn on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:03PM (3 children)

    by PocketSizeSUn (5340) on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:03PM (#629504)

    The Opium Wars is how the British East India company extracted Hong Kong from China and forced them into a trade agreement.
    China plays the long game...
    (Too bad they aren't just restricting themselves to the UK).

    Starting Score:    1  point
    Moderation   +1  
       Insightful=1, Total=1
    Extra 'Insightful' Modifier   0  
    Karma-Bonus Modifier   +1  

    Total Score:   3  
  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:36PM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday January 28 2018, @05:36PM (#629512) Journal

    The Apple Wars is how God kept Adam & Eve from paradise and forced them into a horrible life of living a life they didn't want (God created Adam forcefully, then created Eve forcefully, both being without their consent).
    God plays the long game...
    (Too bad God isn't just restricting himself to the believers.... he's fucking everyone else as well, from those who have led a good life, to even the smallest child being molested by pedophiles or being starved to death through no fault of their own: even through allowing the creation of drugs with which we can kill ourselves or others).

    --
    --- Please remind me if I haven't been civil to you: I'm channeling MDC. ---Gaaark 2.0 ---
    • (Score: 2) by Bot on Sunday January 28 2018, @11:29PM

      by Bot (3902) on Sunday January 28 2018, @11:29PM (#629629) Journal

      > The Apple Wars is how God kept Adam & Eve from paradise and forced them into a horrible life of living

      well, being the ones just before the ultimate expression of creation has its drawbacks, meatbags. Deal with it.

      --
      Account abandoned.
  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday January 28 2018, @06:30PM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday January 28 2018, @06:30PM (#629530) Homepage

    I think it's a sense of humor and poetic justice rather than just playing the long game.

    Anyway, they are right to equally distrust all White Devils, the existence of the Five Eyes justifies their mentality.