Thursday, July 25, 2024

Prosecute Fentanyl Dealers or Face ‘Legal Remedies’—Humboldt’s BOS Gives San Francisco DA an Ultimatum

The following is a letter the Humboldt Cou/nty Board of Supervisors authored to San Francisco District Attorney Chelsea Boudin urging him to prosecute fentanyl dealers:

The largest fentanyl bust in Humboldt County history of 15,000 “M30” fentanyl pills [Image from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office]

Dear District Attorney Boudin,

We are aware that the Mayor of San Francisco, Ms. London Breed, has declared a State of Emergency in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. One of the main reasons she has done so is due to the fentanyl epidemic in the area. The “open air dealing” of drugs in the Tenderloin area is causing an environment in which these drugs can be easily located, transported, sold and distributed in the area with no repercussions.

We agree with the mayor and believe the state of affairs in the Tenderloin call for a State of Emergency. Not only does fentanyl cause an emergency for the citizens of San Francisco, but the emergency then spreads to other counties, like ours. The Humboldt County Drug Task Force has surveyed numerous suspected drug dealers and has followed them to the San Francisco Tenderloin District, wherein, they observed them purchasing fentanyl from dealers in the Tenderloin. They were then followed back to Humboldt where they were stopped, and the fentanyl was confiscated. In fact, four people were arrested on April 25, 2022, as they entered Humboldt County after they had purchased fentanyl from the Tenderloin District. Humboldt County had 2 arrests for fentanyl possession in 2020 and 84 arrests in 2021. Currently arrests for fentanyl possession in 2022 are already at 76 and it is only 4 months into the year.

As you are aware, fentanyl deaths due to overdose have become a great problem in California. The San Francisco Chronicle has reported 45 deaths from overdoses of fentanyl in March of 2022 in San Francisco alone. Humboldt County has also had many deaths due to the fentanyl that has made it to our county from the Tenderloin. In 2021, Humboldt County lost 35 citizens due to confirmed fentanyl overdoses. The Tenderloin District has become the hub for the purchase of drugs, specifically for the purchase of fentanyl. We ask that your office support the effort of your police department and prosecute the dealers that have taken over your County. It is crucial that the drug haven be dismantled, and the dealers be prosecuted to the full extent of the law in order to prevent another person from needlessly dying from this horrible drug.

92.5 lbs of fentanyl confiscated in Alameda Country [Picture from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office]

City Attorney Dennis Herrera of San Francisco filed 28 civil lawsuits against known drug dealers seeking an injunction to prevent them from coming into the Tenderloin. He filed the injunctions in order to help stop the brazen open-air drug dealing that has plagued the Tenderloin neighborhood and caused many overdose deaths due to fentanyl. He stated that “We know who these predators are, and we will not allow them to victimize Tenderloin residents with impunity. Dealers take note: If you come to the Tenderloin, you will be arrested, and your drugs will be confiscated.”

You have the ability to continue this effort by prosecuting all cases that are brought to your office and make sure the dealers around the state understand that they are not welcome into your county any longer. It is imperative that your office focus on this emergency and work with neighboring counties in order to establish both a short-term and long-term solution to this fentanyl crisis. The County of Humboldt refuses to sit idle while this drug pours into our county from the Tenderloin. If we cannot reach an acceptable solution, we may consider a legal remedy. We look forward to hearing from your office on this most important issue .

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Virginia Bass, Chair Humboldt County Board of Supervisors

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  1. Prohibition does not work. It creates black market crime and police corruption. Please show me one time in history prohibition has worked in an open society. Prohibition caused China to fall to British during the Opium Wars. Opium was planted along India’s border and China was flooded with it. China never forgot! Perhaps they are flooding us with Fentanyl today.
    What we now have? Poison drugs replace safer opiates and other drugs of abuse.

  2. The HumDA might want have a stronger grasp of the full host of facts so that their opinion is within the full context of events and isn’t a manipulation of public emotion & sentiment rather than a data driven stance and depiction.

    SF City Council denied the SF DA the necessary funds to form a Task Force.



    I agree Doug, prohibition is absurd and only works under Autocratic/Dictatorial conditions at much greater costs to society than substance abuse.

  3. China IS furnishing many of the chemical substances which are shipped to Western Mexico’s biggest ports.
    The rest of the ingredients are mostly available legal substances that anyone can buy in Mexican stores and / or industrial supply houses. These chemical ingredients are then “cooked” in clandestine labs all over, often under the protection of local, state and/ or Federal law enforcement elements that are in cahoots with the Cartels. The DTO’s , ie Transnational Drug Organizations have shifted to what are now called “ synthetic “ drugs over growing and transporting drugs from natural plants, ie marijuana and opium poppies. Much cocaine still comes from northern South American countries, via maritime routes mostly these days, although some is still flown on small planes through “trampoline” countries in Central America, but coca plantations are popping up on Mexican soil as well. These synthetic drugs are much easier to ship, cheap to make and camouflaged in many products which flow through the US / Mexico southern border towns, often the largest POEs, US Customs catches only a small percentage of the drugs that are packed among tractor trailer loads of other goods. Even the driver’s of these big rigs and other transport vehicles are often unaware they are being used as drug mules, ( or are forced to under threat of death to themselves and their families ) not to mention the low level mules who transport mere grams through US Borders. The Cartel infighting and competition for transport routes has fueled the violence in Mexico as well as the put “the opioid crisis” in the States on steroids. Entire communities South of the US/ Mexico border have been displaced as a result of all this violence, wars really, in addition to creating a generation of addicts in Mexico as well. I could go on…….however, Prohibition does not work and the entire opioid epidemic cannot be blamed on J and J. Fentanyl has legitimate medical uses, but does not belong on the streets, period; but nor do most mentally ill folks, addicts, criminals or homeless people and families. What is a society to do ?

    • Don’t forget the CIA is in bed with drug lords all over the world. Pre CIA used La Cosa Nostra to invade Italy during WW2. That continues to be their favorite mode. The Taliban stopped Opium in Afganistan and Bush helped restore it. You cannot have a war on drugs without a steady drug supply


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