The southern border of the United States attracts the most attention for illegal activity, but Governor Chris Sununu said it is also happening on the northern border.
The governor told Fox and Friends’ Fox News on Sunday morning that the biggest problem is that drugs are smuggled into the United States through the 58-mile Canadian border. The problem is exacerbated by the movement of Border Patrol agents to the southern border.
“The smugglers and dealers on the southern border will find any way in because they know there is a market everywhere. They are flooding the market with not only illegal drugs, but a whole new level purity and efficacy,” Sununu said. , adding that fentanyl is found in marijuana and cocaine.
Illegal border crossing is not limited to the main border crossing on Highway 3 between Pittsburgh and Chartierville, Quebec.
“They’re going through private land. They’re just going down the road now. They have their little smuggling and signaling systems that many of our citizens have alerted border agents to,” Sununu said. “We’re trying to put more state police on that northern border.”
According to Sununu, it is not a single cartel that is responsible for smuggling in the north as it is in the south.
“It’s all these different factions that are out there. All these different opportunists because when there’s an opportunity they’re going to take advantage of it,” Sununu said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Patrol Officer Erik Lavallee told WMUR that the northern border can be dangerous because cell phone service is poor and the area is mostly forested at the immediate border.
The Pittsburg Police Department has only one member, its police chief, but the border agents are certified.
Lavallee told WMUR that agents are being sent south and contraband is also a problem in the north.
Sununu delivered a veiled swipe at the Biden administration on Fox and Friends for failing to acknowledge a problem on the northern border.
“Here’s an idea. Let’s show up and really look at the problem. If you’re not ready to accept there’s a problem, you’re definitely not the one to solve it,” Sununu said.
Sununu made his run for re-election as a public servant with a visit to the secretary of state’s office on Friday to file the final day.
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