Gov. DeWine said around 80% of the overdose deaths in Ohio are caused by fentanyl that is coming from China to Mexico and over the border into the U.S.
“We are committed to doing all we can to stop the flow of this deadly drug into our state,” he said.
Maj. Gen. John Harris Jr., who heads the Ohio National Guard, also met with the DeWines and appeared in the video at the border.
The Ohio soldiers are not involved in law enforcement at the border, he said. Instead, they perform a range of duties from vehicle maintenance to administrative tasks so CBP can focus on its law enforcement mission, Harris said.
“We’re in this for the long haul as part of this multi-state Ohio and other state national guard task force to augment customs and so that they can focus on keeping the bad stuff where it belongs: out of our country,” he said.
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine meets with Maj. Gen. John Harris Jr., who heads the Ohio National Guard, at the border in Texas.