The U.S.-Mexican border has been the top newsmaker when it comes to drugs entering the U.S. from Mexico. The saga of drug cartels and their violent methods of doing business when dealing with drugs has been a priority for U.S. Custom agents and other federal law enforcement agencies for years. It’s become a hot political issue the past four years.

But the U.S.-Mexican border is not the only entrance place for drug dealers wanting to peddle their merchandise. An alarming trend has been uncovered at the Detroit-Canadian border where fentanyl is seeping into the country in record amounts. According to the Detroit Free Press, these record amounts are enough to kill 1.5 million people a year.

The troubling statistics were released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Detroit office, which said fentanyl, cocaine, guns and opium were among the biggest problems they encountered at the border in 2019.

Fentanyl seizures were particularly notable, Custom officials said, noting that a few years ago there was no fentanyl turning up at the border.

This past year, however, told a different story: 9.5 pounds of fentanyl was seized at the northern border alone in 2019, or enough to kill 1.5 million people. Officials explained that the synthetic painkiller is fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses, and warn that the size of a few grains of salt of fentanyl can kill someone quickly.

“The fentanyl is certainly so scary. It’s scary what such a small amount can do,” said Christopher Perry, director of Detroit’s Custom Border Patrol office, adding: “We’eve seen it before, but nothing to the extent that we’re seeing it now.” Perry; believes the opioid crisis is among the leading factors behind the fentanyl trend, stressing the demand for it.

Fentanyl seizures at Michigan’s borders reflect a national trend in the U.S. data shows, the nu,ber of Fentanyl seizures by Custom Borders Patrol has Skyrocketed from 70 pounds in 2015 to 2,545 pounds in 2019.

According to Perry, Custom Border Patrols inspected 17,000 cars and 6,599 trucks at the border every day in 2019. It also processed 50,000 passengers a day at Michigan’s five points of entry from Canada: the Ambassador Bridge and Detroit-Windsor Tunnel; the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron, the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie and Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Think border patrol agents aren’t busy. Think again. Here’s their seizures in 2019: 600 pounds of cocaine; 496 pounds of marijuana; 8.5 pounds of ecstasy; 13.4 pounds of meth; 10.4 pounds of fentanyl; 7.8 million ins cash and 62 guns.

Additionally, border agents arrested 549 people at the border in 2019 who were wanted for a number of crimes, including homicide, drugs and human smuggling to name a few. The Detroit field office last year led the nation in unreported currency violations, seizing more than $7.8 million from travelers at the border.

It’s mindboggling to think what the results would be if the U.S. had open border laws. Thank goodness Michigan has Custom Border Patrol agents at the five points of entry from Canada, including the point of entry at Sault Ste. Marie in the Upper Peninsula.