Attorney General Moody's Week In Review
This week, I held a security briefing with the former DEA Administrator, former White House Drug Czar, Florida law enforcement leaders and Families Against Fentanyl to discuss the growing threat posed by the vast quantities of illicit fentanyl flooding across the southwest border.
In July alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized enough fentanyl to kill the entire U.S. population, and we know even more is getting through undetected. It takes just two milligrams of this highly toxic substance to kill a full-grown adult. Recent reports suggest that nearly half of all counterfeit pills seized by law enforcement contain this deadly drug.
Fentanyl is now the number one killer of American adults 18 to 45, and mass casualty events are becoming more common. On Fourth of July weekend in Gadsden County, 19 people overdosed. Later that same month, seven people were found unresponsive in Tampa on one day. During spring break, six students, four of whom were West Point cadets, overdosed on fentanyl-laced cocaine in Wilton Manors.
This toxic, synthetic opioid is so dangerous that it can cause harm to those who don’t even intentionally use it. In the case involving West Point cadets, two of the overdose victims suffered medical complications after simply administering first aid to other overdose victims.
The threat fentanyl poses to our state and nation is real. There is also growing concern that it could be weaponized, so I am renewing my demands that President Joe Biden classify illicit fentanyl a weapon of mass destruction—and I am leading a bipartisan coalition of 18 attorneys general in this nationwide push.
I want to encourage all Floridians to never use any illicit drug and if they see something suspicious, contact law enforcement by calling 1(855) FLA-SAFE.
Stay safe, Florida.
Attorney General Moody Leads Bipartisan Effort Calling on President Biden to Declare Fentanyl a Weapon of Mass Destruction
Attorney General Ashley Moody and Connecticut Attorney General William Tong are leading a multistate, bipartisan effort of 18 attorneys general urging President Biden to classify illicit fentanyl as a weapon of mass destruction. The drug is claiming a record number of lives across the country and continues to flow freely through the southwest border. In July alone, U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized 2,100 pounds of the substance, enough to kill nearly half a billion Americans. Due to the prevalence and low cost of production, there is concern that a bad actor may weaponize fentanyl. Attorney General Moody yesterday held a security briefing with former federal drug officials, Families Against Fentanyl and law enforcement leaders to discuss the growing threat posed by the illicit drug.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “I first called for President Biden to take swift action in July and call fentanyl what it is—a weapon of mass destruction. Now, I am leading a bipartisan coalition of 18 attorneys general demanding the president take action now, declare fentanyl a WMD and join us in our fight to prevent the death and destruction caused by this highly-lethal substance from getting even worse.” More.
VIDEO: AG Moody’s Attorneys Question Border Patrol Chief About Emergency Plans to Immediately Release Waves of Illegal Immigrants into US
Attorney General Ashley Moody continues to obtain devastating evidence of President Joe Biden’s failed immigration policies. Through aggressive litigation efforts, Attorney General Moody’s office obtained a memo outlining the federal government’s plan in the event immigrants overrun the border once Title 42 is repealed—simply mass-release immigrants into the United States. During a Florida Attorney General’s Office deposition of U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz, the chief testified that he had never before, during a 31-year career, seen or issued an order like the emergency memo.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said: “The Biden administration’s failed immigration policies are disastrous. Expecting to be overrun, Biden’s Border Patrol drafted a plan to hunker down and allow inadmissible immigrants to flood into the country. But for the efforts of our office and other responsibly-minded, public-safety oriented attorneys general, Title 42 would have been repealed and Biden would have released untold thousands of additional immigrants into the interior of our country—outrageous!” More.
Attorney General Moody Thanks Florida’s More Than 6,400 Highway Heroes During National Truck Driver Appreciation Week
Attorney General Ashley Moody is recognizing the Highway Heroes program during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Attorney General Moody partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to launch the Highway Heroes campaign in October 2020, training truck drivers to spot and report human trafficking. Since the launch, more than 6,400 drivers received anti-human trafficking training and are now better equipped to help keep an eye on Florida’s 12,000 miles of highways.
Attorney General Ashley Moody said, “This week, we say thank you to all of Florida’s professional truck drivers for their hard work and commitment in undertaking one of our economy’s most demanding and important jobs. Additionally, we show our gratitude to the more than 6,400 drivers who have gone the extra mile to receive expert training through our Highway Heroes program about how to effectively spot and report signs of human trafficking. Our state is a safer place because of these Highway Heroes.” More.
This week, Attorney General Ashley Moody held a security briefing in Tampa with drug policy experts, Families Against Fentanyl and Florida law enforcement leaders to address the growing threat fentanyl poses to public safety.