Iowa State Troopers to Assist at Southern U.S. Border

(Des Moines, Iowa) -- Iowa State Troopers are headed to the southern U.S. border.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds approved sending state troopers to the border, saying the border crisis affects all 50 states, including Iowa.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says they've seen a big increase in fentanyl coming across the southern border, and in Iowa, the amount of fentanyl seized is up 1,148% percent from May of last year, according to the Iowa Department of Public Safety.

Iowa joins Nebraska, Idaho, and Florida in sending state troopers to the southern border, at the request of the governors of Texas and Arizona.

Governor Reynolds' office has not said how many troopers will be sent to the border, when they'll go, or how long they'll be there.

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