Democrat governor deploys state resources to “crack down on crime linked to the fentanyl crisis” and to hold “poison peddlers accountable.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) activated the National Guard on Friday to help San Francisco fight the fentanyl drug crisis.

Newsom also announced that the California Highway Patrol and San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) have brokered an agreement to tackle the worsening drug epidemic.

“We’re taking action. Through this new collaborative partnership, we are providing more law enforcement resources and personnel to crack down on crime linked to the fentanyl crisis, holding the poison peddlers accountable, and increasing law enforcement presence to improve public safety and public confidence in San Francisco,” Newsom said in a statement.

The statement noted that “San Francisco has seen an alarming rise in fentanyl-linked deaths, with a more than 40% jump in overdose deaths from January through March of this year alone.”

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott claimed despite his department’s efforts to arrest drug traffickers, fentanyl overdose deaths continue to skyrocket.

“The San Francisco Police Department has been working hard to stop drug trafficking by making countless arrests and narcotics seizures.”

“Despite our ongoing work and close collaboration with the District Attorney, the fentanyl crisis has contributed to hundreds of drug overdose-related deaths.”

“We welcome the support of our state partners because when we work together we can make a significant difference to make our city safer.”

San Francisco’s overdose death rate in 2010 was at about 13 per 100,000 people, compared with 49 in 2020, according to Centers for Disease Control data.

This comes just days after Newsom made a surprise visit to San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood, the epicenter of the city’s drug crisis.

This also comes amid speculation Newsom may primary Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential election as the puppet president’s approval flounders among his own party.