‘Tenderloin’s poison pipeline’ has fentanyl that could kill 2.1M: Newsom

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Six weeks ago, Governor Gavin Newsom deployed the California National Guard and California Highway Patrol into Tenderloin, a neighborhood plagued with drugs. 

The seized fentanyl reveals the massive supply that flows to the streets of San Francisco. 

In 2023, there is a surge in fentanyl overdose deaths and open-air drug markets that operates in plain sight. All these leave the San Francisco Police Department in one big chaos. 

With the analysis provided by the National Guard on major drug trafficking cartels, CHP officers determined that they’ve seized enough fentanyl to potentially kill over 2.1 million people. 

All of that fentanyl was found within the past six weeks. 

CHP officers confiscated over 4.2 kilos of fentanyl in the Tenderloin neighborhood and the surrounding areas. 

A lethal dose of fentanyl is 2 milligrams, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Newsom said, “I’m proud of the CHP and CalGuard’s lifesaving efforts to shut down the Tenderloin’s poison pipeline and hold drug traffickers accountable. These early results show promise and serve as a call to action: we must do more to clean up San Francisco’s streets, help those struggling with substance use, and eradicate fentanyl from our neighborhoods.”


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.