The open-air drug crisis in Philadelphia is getting worse as Mexican cartel-supplied drugs continue to flow over the open southern border. Sara Carter reported this Thursday in a “Hannity”, exclusive.
Philadelphia is now exponentially closer to its northern border than it is to the southern. This continues to be a problem in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood, east Temple University, and north of Old City.
Carter recalled how he walked block by block through the neighborhood, marked prominently by the El train that is its backbone. He witnessed untold numbers of people stealing unknown illegal substances.
She said, “Just to give you a perspective, 95% of the Philadelphia narcotics, according to law enforcement source I’ve spoken with today, are coming out of the Sinaloa Cartel.”
“This fentanyl-precursor chemical is crossing the border. China is the source of these fentanyl-precursor chemical substances. They are coming to our streets, and they are literally paralyzing communities.”
Carter was able to speak with a drug addict who shared her horrors at seeing other addicts in the region.
“If you notice all of the wounds out there, I mean, everybody’s got wounds amputees more than not,” she said. She has lived in Kensington for approximately five years.
The woman was asked how Philadelphia addicts were sometimes called “zombies” and she said that everyone is a human being, but that it still applies at times.
In the late 2010s, Kensington’s drug crisis reached its peak. Officials from Conrail and the city worked together to remove a notoriously dangerous railroad viaduct that ran along Gurney Street. This was infamously called “the tracks”.
The three-quarter-mile trench was frequented by thousands of addicts. Many set up shelters there, mostly hidden from view at street level — a problem that attracted national attention.
Mehmet Oz, a Republican surgeon from Pennsylvania, often called Kensington one the largest open-air drug marketplaces in the country during his unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate.
Carter described, on “Hannity”, watching his parents meet their school buses and walk home to find addicts.
“[M]others walking with their children trying to navigate them around drug use, around drug dealers. And I thought, “As a parent, you know that this is someone’s kid.” She said that the girl was on the streets but is still someone’s child.
Recent comments by James Kenney, Philadelphia Democratic Mayor, about the crisis revealed that it had “wrought incalculable damage on communities across America.”
Kenney stated that “the grief and community trauma have compounded over the years in Philadelphia, especially here in Kensington, and the surrounding areas,” at a Kensington event to announce the allocation of opioid legal settlement money to combat the epidemic. According to PBS, Kenney was speaking.