In San Francisco, the National Guard was called in to fight the Fentanyl crisis.
San Francisco is about to receive help from state authorities, including the California National Guard, to combat the city’s deadly fentanyl epidemic.
The governor made a surprise visit to the neighborhood. The governor gave a reason on Friday.
The California National Guard, California Highway Patrol, San Francisco Police Department, and the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office will assist the city with its ongoing Fentanyl crisis.
Fentanyl street drug dealers were described as poison peddlers by Newsom.
According to data released by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 200 people died from accidental drug overdoses in San Francisco between January and March. 159 deaths were caused by Fentanyl, a highly addictive and cheap synthetic opiate.
There was a 40% increase in overdose deaths in San Francisco from January through March of this year.
Drug markets are open.
The Governor’s Office wrote that the new operation will focus on disrupting the supply of Fentanyl into the city by holding the operators of large scale drug trafficking operations accountable.
The California National Guard was directed by the governor to identify specialist personnel and resources to support the analysis of drug trafficking operations.
Through this new partnership, we are providing more law enforcement resources and personnel to crack down on crime linked to the Fentanyl crisis, holding the poison peddlers accountable and increasing law enforcement presence to improve public safety and public confidence in San Francisco.
According to the Governor’s Office, the partnership won’t seek to criminalize people struggling with substance use.
The fatal drug overdose rate in San Francisco spiked to an all time high in 2020. According to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, San Francisco had over 600 overdose deaths in two years. There have been a lot of Fentanyl linked deaths in or near the South of Market neighborhoods.
The National Guard and the California Highway Patrol have been approved to come to San Francisco to fight crime. Explaining what this will look like.
Police Chief Bill Scott said that the San Francisco Police Department has been working hard to stop drug traffickers. Fentanyl has contributed to hundreds of drug overdose related deaths despite our ongoing work and close collaboration with the District Attorney. When we work together, we can make a significant difference to make our city safer.
Scott said that San Francisco’s police department is.
Major General Matthew Beevers of the California National Guard said that the CalGuard is seeing success supporting multiagency task forces. We expect to achieve the same success working with our partners in San Francisco.
Mayor London Breed thanked Governor Newsom for his help in breaking up the open air drug dealing happening in the city.
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