MEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 08: (L-R) U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard shake hands during a conference as part of the High Level Security Dialogue at SRE Building on October 08, 2021 in Mexico City, Mexico. Antony Blinken and Marcelo Ebrard also meet to dialogue on the relation between both countries. President of Mexico Lopez Obrador joined Blinken and Ebrard in a private event. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

U.S. to negotiate new security deal with Mexico

Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the Mexican government to discuss the development of a new bilateral security framework for security, public health and safe communities to address multiple issues the previous initiative failed to do.

A bag of assorted pills and prescription drugs dropped off for disposal is displayed during the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) 20th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at Watts Healthcare on April 24, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the US has seen an increase in drug overdose deaths during the Covid-19 pandemic, accelerating significantly during the first months of the public health emergency, including deaths from opioids and counterfeit pills containing fentanyl. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP) (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

DEA issues public safety alert amid surge of counterfeit pills

For the first time in six years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a public safety alert after agents arrested more than 800 people and seized 1.8 million counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl. Deputy U.S. Attorney General Lisa Monaco and DEA Administrator Annie Milgram announced along with the synthetic pills, 712 kilograms of fentanyl powder and 158 weapons were also seized.