MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Governor Bill Lee announced on Tuesday that he is sending 50 National Guard soldiers “to the U.S. Southern Border in early 2022 to curb a surging drug crisis”.

In a press release sent by the Governor’s office, it said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection has seized over 200,000 pounds of fentanyl and methamphetamines in 2021.

Tennessee recorded over 3,000 drug overdose deaths in 2020, a 45% increase from the previous year.