NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Senator Chuck Schumer is calling for federal funds to crack down on fentanyl smuggling through John F. Kennedy Airport.
The lawmaker wants New York to receive at least $5 million of the $16 million President Donald Trump has requested to enhance opioid detection equipment across the country.READ MORE: Hundreds Of Evacuees From Afghanistan Headed To New York, Connecticut
Schumer said the funds would help with critical detection and infrastructure upgrades at JFK’s international mail processing facility, which is the largest in the nation.READ MORE: Ex-Boyfriend Of Pregnant Woman Who Was Fatally Shot In Harlem Arrested, Charged With Her Murder
“JFK should be our firewall in preventing fentanyl from being sent to the whole New York metropolitan area and the whole Northeast and that’s what we intend to do here today,” the New York Democrat said.2 New FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers In New Jersey
On Thursday, Schumer formally unveiled a fentanyl sanctions bill on China to pressure the country into cracking down on exports of the drug.