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Senate Investigators Google Their Way to $766 Million of Fentanyl

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-01-27 13:26:06
Techonomics

With Google, Bitcoins, and USPS, Feds realize it's stupid easy to buy fentanyl [arstechnica.com]

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 [senate.gov] 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 [senate.gov]. "The federal government can, and must, act to shore up our defenses against this deadly drug and help save lives."

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