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From L-R: Cesar Torres, Mission Chief of Police; Jaime Ayala, Edinburg Chief of Police; Richard Sanchez, DEA Special Agent; Eddie Guerra, Hidalgo County Sheriff; Victor Rodriguez, McAllen Chief of Police and Juan Gonzalez, Pharr Acting Chief of Police. Photo by Noah Mangum González

Texas Border Business

October 31 is the celebration of Halloween Night. Trick-or-treating is the activity of the day.  Our streets will be filled with our KIDS in hopes of receiving treats.  Trick-or-treating evolved so that entire communities could share the Halloween celebration by providing the neighborhood children with small treats.

Whereas the usual safety tips associated with this holiday will be emphasized, special attention will be focused on warnings against the most recent fentanyl threat: “rainbow fentanyl”.

“Since August 2022, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners have found brightly colored fentanyl and fentanyl pills, nicknamed “rainbow fentanyl,” in 26 states. According to the DEA, “this trend appears to be a new method used by drug cartels to sell highly addictive and potentially deadly fentanyl made to look like candy to children and young people.” The DEA has already seized more than 10.2 million fentanyl pills and 980 pounds of fentanyl powder from May through September of this year— the equivalent of 36 million lethal doses. And that was before “rainbow fentanyl” hit the market.” (Newhouse, D., Washington Examiner, October 25, 2022)  

It is the sentiment and concern of the law enforcement officials listed below that the “Fentanyl threat requires a collective community effort to ensure that trick-or-treating remains safe Halloween activity”.  Present during the event Edinburg Police Chief, Mission Police Chief, Pharr Police Chief, McAllen Police Chief and Hidalgo County Sheriff. The event took place at the Pharr One Building located on 1121 E. Nolana Loop in Pharr, Texas 78577. Cameraman Noah Mangum González

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