At the Republican Attorney General Association meetings in Nashville, Tennessee on June 5th, Mike Stuart, State Senator (R- 7th District) and candidate for West Virginia Attorney General, joined current Attorney Generals from Florida, Kansas, and Iowa, along with former Acting United States Attorney General Matt Whitaker.
“I am glad to have the opportunity to share our West Virginia perspective with a national
audience among impactful national leaders,” continued Stuart. “Failed border policies
and the surge of fentanyl as a messenger of death have brought added misery and chaos
to the good people of the State of West Virginia and the nation. West Virginia’s fentanyl
overdose death rate is the highest in the nation. If our rate were cut in half, we would still
have the highest rate in the county. It is unacceptable. As Attorney General, it will be a
Fentanyl, a cheap synthetic opioid is deadly in small amounts. The opioid is one hundred times more potent than morphine and 50 times more potent than heroin, just two milligrams of fentanyl can lead to death when used with alcohol or illicit drugs like heroin or cocaine. Many forms of synthetic opioids that are affecting West Virginia’s population are produced in countries like China and Mexico before making their way into the U.S. illegally. In DEA lab tests, 42-percent of these pills tested contained at least 2mg of fentanyl.
During his time as U.S. Attorney, Stuart oversaw “Operation Saigon Sunset” a major takedown of heroin and fentanyl traffickers in West Virginia and Michigan. This operation involved more than 200 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers as well as support from the West Virginia National Guard. “Operation Saigon Sunset” is reported to have removed enough fentanyl on the street to save 250,000 lives.
Stuart also added, “As the next Attorney General for the Great State of West Virginia,
I will always make certain that West Virginia is at the table in national discussions
affecting our good people. I appreciate the opportunity to be on the national stage with
tremendous leaders and great future partners in my fight for the people of West Virginia.”