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Schumer Sees Peace Bridge as New Bulwark Against Illegal Opioids

Posted January 09, 2018

Under International Trade Issues, U.S. Customs Issues

(Robert J. McCarthy – Buffalo News)

President Trump’s signature on a bill passed by both houses of Congress is all that remains for the border station at the Peace Bridge and other local ports of entry to become major obstacles in the flow of illicit fentanyl from China, Mexico and other countries, Sen. Charles E. Schumer said Monday.

And Schumer wants Trump to designate Customs and Border Protection agents at the Peace Bridge as among the first in the nation to be armed with new high-tech, portable tools and personnel to improve detection capabilities and increase the seizure of illicit fentanyl shipped from abroad through mail and express consignment carriers.

“New York is just one signature away from writing a new chapter in the opioid scourge,” Schumer said in urging the president to sign the bill. “This new law will make sure our ports of entry like the Peace Bridge or Buffalo-Niagara Airport have access to more handheld chemical scanners to test suspicious substances and provide vital real-time data on its source. That means narcotics, like illicit fentanyl, can be quickly detected, identified, and seized on the spot—and it means our diligent screening staff will be safer because they will be able to detect dangerous substances more quickly and without exposure.” Click here to read more.