Days before Super Bowl LVIIIthe Drug Enforcement Agency (DEAfor its acronym in English) seized packages containing fentanyl that came sealed in the image of Travis Kelceplayer of Chief of Kansas.
Through its X account, formerly Twitter, the US agency shared a picture of the package with the opioid where you can see the picture of the Kansas tight end where organized crime seeks to attract new clients.
In that post, dated February 9, the DEA recalled the campaign A Pill Can Kill, which he launched with the NFL to spread the message of warningmainly among young people, where they seek to prevent the consumption of fentanyl.
“In 2024 you will see the DEA with the One Pill Can Kill message in unexpected places, like here in Las Vegas before the Super Bowl. The DEA is thrilled that the NFL Alumni Association is joining us for a cause that important. The need to spread critical awareness has never been more urgent”said DEA Associate Administrator John DeLena at the launch of the campaign.
So far, neither the NFL nor Kelce have commented on the matter. In the past few months, the Kansas tight end has monopolized the media spotlight, not only for his participation and victory in Super Bowl LVIII but also for his romance with the singer. Taylor Swift.
The United States is awash in fentanyl
According to the agency’s figures, last year they confiscated 78.4 million pills containing fentanyl and about 12 thousand pounds of powdered opioids.
The DEA considers the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), the Sinaloa, the Gulf, the Beltrán Leyva and Los Rojos They are criminal organizations that operate on the territory of the United States. In June of last year, Annie Milgram, head of the anti-drug agency, estimated that just the first two criminal groups mentioned above have more than 45 thousand members distributed throughout the United States.