A Republican candidate for the 22nd Congressional District seat is laying out a plan to combat the heroin epidemic.

George Phillips was at the Oneida County Courthouse today.

Phillips says we need to destroy the crops in Mexico that produce heroin.  He says heroin seizures at the U.S. border with Mexico have doubled over the last five years.

Phillips also stressed the need to heighten U.S border security in order to stop heroin at the border, as well as the flow of illegal immigrants.

“Mexico has become a safe home for opium to be grown and heroin to be refined and then transported to the United States.   We must tighten the border if we expect to be able to defend ourselves from the drug traffickers.”

The Broome County native is in a three way GOP primary this June with Madison County business owner Steve Wells and Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney.