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The fentanyl addiction crisis facing the United States is unprecedented, the consumption of this illegal substance is a public health problem that has claimed thousands of lives, which is why the country makes great efforts not only to prevent the synthetic drug from reaching the streets and homes, also because it does not cross the border. On this matter, Ken Salazar, the US ambassador to Mexico, made important remarks.
The diplomat assured that the recently announced mega seizure of fentanyl from four Chinese companies was such that it had the capacity to kill 25 million people. At a press conference, he showed photos of some boxes containing 200 kilograms of chemical precursors, he said that with them 50 to 55 kilograms of the synthetic drug could have been produced. He pointed out that this seizure could affect the equivalent population of New York, Mexico City and the State of Mexico, together.
In a letter published on his social networks, Salazar said that the same transnational criminal organizations that traffic fentanyl also do so with weapons and people, for this reason the US and Mexico “have made a common front to stop this evil in several ways.” heads”.
“Our cooperation with Mexico to stop the trafficking of fentanyl and its precursors is crucial,” said the ambassador.
Actions against Chinese companies
The remarks came as the United States filed charges against four Chinese-based chemical companies and eight Chinese citizens for trafficking precursor chemicals used to make fentanyl.
The United States Attorney General, merrick garlandreported at a press conference that in three separate indictments, Chinese chemical companies have been indicted “for the first time” for provide the raw material to manufacture the drug to Mexican cartels such as the one in Sinaloa and the one in Jalisco.
“These companies and their employees knowingly conspired to manufacture lethal fentanyl for distribution in the United States,” Garland claimed.
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