(FreedomWire.org) – Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador publicly humiliated President Joe Biden during a press conference by taking Trump’s side over a looming indictment. He said Biden can no longer lecture other countries about democracy if Trump is arrested.

AMLO stated, “Right now, former President Trump is declaring that they are going to arrest him. If that were the case, it would be so that his name doesn’t appear on the ballot.

“I say this because I too have suffered from the fabrication of a crime, when they didn’t want me to run, And this is completely anti-democratic. Why not allow the people to decide?”

He also called out Biden saying the United States cannot talk about human rights with Julian Assange detained, cartel violence with President Joe Biden bombing the Nord Stream pipeline, or democracy while arresting the leading presidential candidate Donald Trump.

According to The Hill, Obrador is finally taking the fentanyl issue seriously:

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador told U.S. lawmakers over the weekend that he would personally work with China to quell trans-Pacific shipments of fentanyl precursors that are processed into the deadly drug in Mexico, according to two of the American representatives.

The commitment was made in a long meeting in Mexico City over the weekend, where López Obrador discussed an array of issues with a bipartisan group of eight senators and four House members.

“One of the interesting parts is he agreed to meet with China on how they could prevent getting some of the raw materials, the precursors, from China,” Rep. Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) told The Hill.

“So that in itself acknowledges the fact that China is sending these things through, mainly through Manzanillo and some of the ports on that side of Mexico.”

A Mexican official said the meeting was respectful and constructive but did not confirm the specific claim.

(FreedomWire.org) – On Wednesday, the Texas Senate unanimously passed a bill that would allow state prosecutors to charge fentanyl distributors with murder, the Texas Tribune reported.

Senate Bill 645 by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, brings to life one of Gov. Greg Abbott’s key legislative priorities by allowing prosecutors to charge people who make, sell and deliver fentanyl with murder.

Huffman said: “We have tragically learned the extent of how dangerous fentanyl is and how even under 1 gram is so dangerous. It’s a fact that fentanyl is flooding our borders. It is absolutely, without a doubt killing our citizens on a daily basis. And it’s time that we take a comprehensive approach to combat this.

“So, to continue our efforts to keep this drug from hitting our communities, the committee substitute to Senate Bill 645 increases the penalty for manufacturing or delivery of less than 1 gram of fentanyl from a state jail felony to a third degree felony.

“Furthermore, if an individual dies from a fentanyl overdose, the penalty would be enhanced to a second degree.

“Members, we’ve reached a critical point in the fentanyl crisis here in Texas.

“We have no choice but to take a comprehensive approach to what is going on.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott celebrated the bill’s passage saying:

“Here we go. You kill Texans with fentanyl. You get charged with murder.”

According to The Texas Tribune:

Huffman’s bill would also stiffen penalties for making, delivering or possessing larger quantities of fentanyl.

Having between 200 and 400 grams would be a first-degree felony, which could lead to between 10 years and life in prison as well as a fine of up to $100,000. Having more than 400 grams would also be a first-degree felony punishable by at least 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

But if approved by lawmakers, charging suspects with murder could still be a difficult outcome for law enforcement officials.

Some of the challenges include questions about how prosecutors could prove whether the person selling or distributing the drug knew that they were selling something that included fentanyl. And those who sell or distribute the drug aren’t usually the same people who manufacture the drugs.

“It may be that they find it’s easier to prosecute under the other statute that I passed that would make it a second-degree felony,” she said.

“But there may be extraordinary cases where it’s clear cut and the prosecutor then could have this tool to file for first-degree felony.”

Huffman made an exception in the law for medical professionals who prescribe fentanyl as treatment.

(FreedomWire.org) – California Gov. Gavin Newsom left California Thursday, a day after belatedly declaring a State of Emergency in 18 of the state’s counties due to record-breaking snowfall resulted in massive power outages and food shortages where roads were buried under many feet of snow.

In some counties, people have been without power or snowed in, unable to leave their homes, for more than 10 days. As conditions have predictably worsened and even mainstream media outlets in the state are reporting that promised help has not arrived, speculation about Newsom’s whereabouts has gotten much louder. Late Sunday morning, about the time Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was preparing to take the stage at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Newsom’s press office announced that Newsom had returned, and that he’d been on a ‘personal trip’ in Baja California, Mexico.

Newsom’s press office didn’t elaborate on where in Baja California — which is a state, not a city — Newsom was, but it *is* the state in which Cabo San Lucas is located. When Newsom and his family went missing over Thanksgiving week 2021, they were in Cabo vacationing at the $29,000/night dacha of a Russian oligarch, so it’s not a stretch to speculate that he might have been in Cabo again.

Meanwhile, according to people involved with rescue efforts in the San Bernardino County mountain communities (Big Bear, Lake Arrowhead, and more), at least one person was found dead in their home Sunday. Many homes have snow drifts so tall that residents cannot see out the first floor windows (or even second floor), so as crews go door-to-door checking on residents  it’s likely that more people will be found dead.

In Northern California’s Mendocino County, some residents, particularly senior citizens, have been stuck in their homes for more than 10 days and there’s no power or cell service still, and have probably started running short on supplies if they’ve survived this long.

And in Humboldt County, north of Sacramento, CAL FIRE, the US Coast Guard, and the local Sheriff’s Department have coordinated to make hay drops for cattle in rural areas since ranchers haven’t been able to get out to feed them.

The emergency declaration signed Wednesday provided for the California Office of Emergency Services (CalOES) to mobilize the National Guard to support rescue/relief efforts, but as of Saturday people in San Bernardino County were still desperately waiting for that promised help.

(FreedomWire.org) – Federal agents have apprehended a cocaine-smuggling gang, and discovered a sophisticated cross-border tunnel almost a third of a mile long. Nearly a ton of drugs were seized during the operation, and six people were arrested. This is a major blow to the drug cartels, but how many more of these tunnels are operating?

Just after midnight on May 13, federal agents from Homeland Security Investigations were carrying out surveillance on a residence in National City, California, just outside San Diego. The agents followed one of the suspects to a San Diego warehouse about 300 feet north of the Mexican border. When they searched the warehouse, they discovered one end of a tunnel that turned out to be 1,744 feet long and 4 feet wide; the other end was under a house in Tijuana, Mexico. The steel-reinforced tunnel ran six feet below ground level and was equipped with electric lighting, a ventilation system and rails to move heavy loads. During the operation, agents arrested six people and seized 3.5 pounds of heroin, 164 pounds of methamphetamine, and 1,762 pounds of cocaine.

This tunnel is the first to be found since 2020, but it’s unlikely to be the only one in use. Last year, fatal drug overdoses in the US jumped by 15% as the country was swamped by a wave of illegal narcotics. The situation at our southern border is now a major emergency and the Biden administration needs to act.