BEL AIR, Md. (WBFF) - Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler said in an official letter Thursday that he supports the building of a border wall, arguing it would help Harford's ongoing opioid crisis.
Gahler said more than 90 percent of heroin and fentanyl "flooded across our southern border" and "building a border wall will put a stop to the 'free flow' of poison being injected into our Country and into our communities."
The letter was posted on the Harford County Sheriff's Office official Facebook page.
Gahler said he is calling on members of Congress from Maryland "to support the President's request for funding," noting 82 people in Harford County died last year of heroin and fentanyl.
"Prior to the election of President Trump, many Democrats strongly supported the concept of a border wall," Gahler pointed out. "As I care about public safety and not semantics, I do not care if it is called a 'wall' so long as it is a real barrier that truly and effectively protects our southern border and the citizens of this Country from those who have disregarded the rule of law."