Fentanyl seizures at the border fall 30%, US reports

Monday 29 April, 2024
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Washington DC, United States.- The amount of fentanyl seized by United States authorities on the border with México during the first six months of the current Fiscal Year 2024 decreased by 30 percent compared to the first six months of the same period in 2023, reported the Administration of President Joe Biden.

According to new figures published by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the total of fentanyl confiscated through March on the border with México during the start of the current Fiscal Year 2024 (which began in last October) added a total of 4.3 tons.

In contrast, the total amount of fentanyl seized by US authorities on the border with México during the same period, but from Fiscal Year 2023, already amounted to more than 6.2 tons; Since 2019, overdose deaths with fentanyl trafficked from México have skyrocketed to more than 75,000 a year.

Without providing data, President Biden had assured in January that the flow of illegal fentanyl to the United States had decreased after negotiations held in November with the presidents of China and México to stop the shipment of chemical precursors for the illegal production of the synthetic opioid in México.

The total of fentanyl seized throughout Fiscal Year 2023, from October 2022 to September 2023, on the border with México, totaled 12.1 tons, which was a record never seen before.

Just last week, the Undersecretary for International Narcotics of the US State Department, Todd Robinson, had however assured during a press conference in Washington that the amount of fentanyl seized by the US on the border with México was still large.

“My colleagues at the Department of Homeland Security and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) continue to seize large quantities of fentanyl on our Southern border,” Robinson said when asked by Grupo Reforma about the status of the flows of said fentanyl. synthetic drug.

According to the DEA, the Cartel Sinaloa and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) in México are, since at least 2019, the main manufacturers of illegal fentanyl that reaches the US using chemical precursors that are imported into Mexican territory to later be sent as pills and powder.

During a conference last week in Washington, Undersecretary Robinson was questioned by press reports from Sinaloa where it is reported an alleged pause in the production of fentanyl pills in some areas controlled by the also called Pacific Cartel, but the official avoided responding.

Invented in 1959 as a controlled medication for the treatment of pain, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that in its pure form is 50 times more potent than heroin; Traditionally, traffickers of clandestinely manufactured fentanyl carry out the synthesis and then dilute it with other substances.


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Source: José Díaz Briseño / Agencia Reforma from El Diario on 2024-04-23 15:17:41

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