LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Just days after we learned of the fentanyl-related death of the son of a local reality show star, Senator Jacky Rosen talked to FOX5 about the legislation she’s pushing that would make it harder for the drug to get into the U.S.
Just this week, Rick Harrison, the star of “Pawn Stars” talked to TMZ about his son Adam’s fentanyl overdose. The owner of Gold and Silver Pawn in Downtown Las Vegas said quote: “The fentanyl crisis in this country must be taken more seriously. It seems it is just flowing over the borders and nothing is being done about it.”
Earlier this month, Nevada Senators Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto visited a port of entry in Arizona that saw record-breaking fentanyl seizures in 2023. They spoke with the U.S. Border Patrol and local law enforcement about the resources needed to stop the drug from crossing the southern border.
Now Rosen’s pushing for a new bill that allocates $5 billion to hire more agents and implement new AI technology to detect the deadly drugs before they reach the border.
“As a mother my heart breaks for these families… seeing their children die from fentanyl that is why the Stop Fentanyl Act has to pass…”
“…has to go to the President’s desk because we can’t have open borders we have to have secure borders… the cartels are pushing those drugs up here to America,” the Senator told FOX5.
Rosen’s comments come just days after prosecutors announced a Las Vegas man would spend ten years in prison on federal drug charges.
Alpheus Johnson was convicted of selling more than 5,000 fentanyl tablets in the city just between March and April of 2022. In May, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police stopped Johnson during a return trip from Arizona. He had some 10,000 pills in his possession at that time.
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