The opioid crisis in the U.S. has the potential to become a national security threat beyond anything America has experienced from a foreign power.
The Chinese government has promised the Trump administration it will stop the massive amounts of illegal drugs such as fentanyl flowing from China into the United States. But Congress doesn't want to take Beijing's word for it, and for good reason.
Cocaine grown and processed in Colombia most commonly enters the United States through the Southwest border. When Colombian cocaine reaches Mexico, Mexican transnational criminal organizations smuggle it into the United States by various means, including through tunnels.
A new 'megacartel' named Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG) poses a huge problem from a security standpoint near the California-Mexico border.