In 2022, according to US federal drug agents, they confiscated enough fentanyl to kill every American.
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) claims to have seized 379 milligrammes of fentanyl, which has the potential to be fatal.
The most deadly drug threat to the US, according to the DEA, is the extremely addictive narcotic that is 50 times as potent as heroin.
According to the DEA, Mexico is the main source of fentanyl trafficking into the US.
More than 10,000lb (4,500kg) of fentanyl and more than 50.6 million fentanyl pills that were disguised to look like various prescription medications were allegedly recovered by the DEA.
That is more than twice as much as what they took in 2021.
The Sinaloa and Jalisco drug cartels, who use chemicals obtained from China, mass-produced the majority of the drugs at these hidden Mexican factories, the agency claimed.
A deadly amount of the medication can fit on the tip of a pencil since it is so potent.
Two-thirds of the more than 100,000 drug overdose deaths in America last year were related to fentanyl. The 330 million people who live in the US might all be killed with the amount of fentanyl that was collected this year, according to the narcotics agency.
The two Mexican drug cartels, the Sinaloa and Jalisco (CJNG) Cartels, which are principally in charge of the fentanyl that is currently murdering Americans, are the DEA’s top operational priority, according to Administrator Anne Milgram.
The DEA also found 131,000 pounds of methamphetamine, over 4,300 pounds of heroin, and over 444,000 pounds of cocaine in addition to the fentanyl.