Arizona Democrats issue fentanyl-fighting demand ahead of DHS funding deadline

Democrats in Arizona have demanded that Congress include funding to install and use high-tech vehicle scanners capable of detecting fentanyl in an area of the southern border that has become the epicenter of where federal customs officers intercept smugglers.

Senate candidate Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) and Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes told reporters on site in Nogales, Arizona, on Monday that available scanners for the ports of entry are sitting nearby, unused and ready to go if only Congress would provide the money to stand up the machines.

“Arizona has been flooded, flooded with cheap and deadly fentanyl in recent years with over half, half of the fentanyl seized in the United States in 2022 and 2023 being seized right here in Arizona,” Mayes said during a press conference in the border town. “The cartels are using our ports of entry and the border as
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