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First Coronavirus Death in America Confirmed in Washington State

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According to health officials in Washington state, a coronavirus patient has died.

This death marks the first of its kind from the coronavirus illness COVID-19 in the United States.

“It is a sad day in our state as we learn that a Washingtonian has died from COVID-19. Our hearts go out to his family and friends. We will continue to work toward a day where no one dies from this virus,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared in a statement.

On Saturday, February 29, 2020, health officials said that the person who died was a 50-year-old man who had underlying health conditions.

At a White House press conference, Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said there was “no evidence of link of travel” in explaining how the man was infected by the coronavirus.

As of early Saturday, the United States had 66 documented cases of coronavirus, which includes nine people who have recovered from their cases and four other “presumptive” cases, which are those who tested positive locally with pending CDC confirmations.

California, Oregon, and Washington state all reported new cases on Friday, February 28, 2020.

Of the new confirmed or presumptive cases, three contracted the disease from an unknown source, which brought the total number of “community spread” cases in America to four.

“Community spread” refers to someone who is infected but the source remains unknown. Much of the previous focus was centered on people who had visited places like Wuhan, China, where the outbreak started, or who were in close contact with people who contracted the virus.

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U.S. Law Enforcement Bust 27 People Connected to Mexican Sinaloa Cartel

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Over two dozen people were arrested on drug charges in connection to a Mexican cartel smuggling cocaine into the U.S. Following a two-year investigation, 27 people were arrested through Operation Tripwire, an investigation effort U.S. officials have been working on featuring members of the Sinaloa Cartel.

The trafficking network went from Los Angeles, California to Tucson, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where cocaine originating from Mexico was smuggled stateside. The United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, Scott Brady declared “this is a large organization that was trafficking hundreds of kilograms of cocaine throughout the country and has direct ties to the Sinaloa cartel in Mexico.”

U.S. authorities recounted that the investigations started after an agent in Pittsburgh was able to identify an address that received large quantities of suspicious-looking packages coming from California. Since then, agents started to do investigation on other members of the network across the U.S.

Across the span of seven months, authorities were able to intercept U.S. calls made by some of the alleged traffickers with Sinaloa carte leaders in Mexico. On September 9, 2020, 27 were arrested in Arizona, California, and Pennsylvania.

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According to American authorities, $1.3 million in cash and over 140 kilograms of cocaine were seized. The aforementioned people arrested are now facing a prison sentence of between 10 years and life in prison.

The border situation is no joke. Prior administrations have largely neglected the issue and have allowed for unprecedented levels of illegal immigration and drug trafficking to cross the U.S. border.

In a prior instance, BLP reported on how Mexico is a failed state that cannot maintain public order and is largely being pushed around by cartels. Due to its proximity to the U.S., Mexico’s problems will likely spillover stateside.

This is why border security is crucial. Thankfully, the U.S. has a president in Donald Trump that gets the memo. He’ll still need help from Congress, however,

That’s why it’s crucial that America First Republicans have strong showings at all branches of government in 2020.

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