As Montana’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Austin Knudsen had a lot to say on Monday’s Talk Back show about drugs coming from the hemorrhaging southern border; drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin and fentanyl.

“100% of the methamphetamine in the state of Montana is Mexican cartel manufactured,” said Knudsen. “Now we have other drugs that are also coming in the state of Montana. Heroin is making a big comeback in Montana. We're seeing a lot more fentanyl. But those drugs are not being made here. They're being made south of the border by the cartels and they're being smuggled in across the southern border.”

Knudsen said he was gratified to see some large drugs busts, but he knows it’s just a drop in the bucket compared to the volume of drugs making it to Montana.

“We know that within three or four days once they're in the country their shipments are coming into Montana,” he said. “I mean just last week one of our Highway Patrol troopers made a great bust with a couple of a couple of pounds of meth, but more importantly, there were also 500 fentanyl pills. 500 fentanyl pills could kill literally thousands of people. That's the kind of garbage that we're dealing with here.”

Knudsen, having been the Roosevelt County Attorney, has seen the devastating effects of methamphetamine addiction and how it can ravage and take captive a person’s mind and will.

“I wish I could say that I saw more successful methamphetamine addicts getting treatment,” he said. “That's just not the case. I mean, some of them do. It happens. There are success stories, and I wish there were more of them. But treating methamphetamine addiction is very difficult. I mean, especially right now with as addictive and potent as this Mexican Cartel methamphetamine is. It's just so high powered. People would rather be on this methamphetamine than take care of their children.”

In closing, Knudsen said he and Governor Greg Gianforte are keeping a close eye on the gun issue, after two mass shootings occurred in the U.S.

“We're keeping a very close eye on the gun issue,” he said. That's a very important one. I know we've talked about that one before, but they (The Biden Administration) keep talking about some sort of executive order. I don't know how they would do that constitutionally, so we are monitoring that one very, very closely and can assure your listeners that we will be very, very aggressive on that one.”

Knudsen succeeded fellow Republican Tim Fox as Montana’s Attorney General.

 

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