Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels are producing fentanyl and trafficking it: US
Mexico and the United States committed to monitoring the precursor substances of synthetic drugs and fentanyl, to prevent these products from reaching organized crime groups, authorities from both countries agreed at the high-level meeting on security.
The Secretary of Security, Rosa Icela Rodríguez, established that both countries will propose an international monitoring protocol for precursors of synthetic drugs.
“Make a coalition, a meeting of countries producing dual-use chemical precursors to regulate the market, to establish controls and prevent illegal trafficking. This is a proposal from the Secretary of the Navy and we are going to advance the coalition that the United States currently has on this issue.
“Reach an international agreement for the benefit of the populations so that chemical precursors are marketed with all the rules and controls of the final destinations,” Rodríguez explained.
In addition, actions will be taken to prevent young people from being recruited by organized crime groups.
The Secretary of Justice of the United States, Merrick Garland, stated that the course of synthetic drug precursors begins in Asia, reaches Mexico and ends up as drugs in the United States.
“This chain begins with the companies in China that produce chemical precursors. Then the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels are producing fentanyl and trafficking it. This leads to what arrives across our border and to drug trafficking organizations in the United States related to cartels,” the US official said.
The Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, stated that there are international efforts to follow the course of these precursor substances and prevent them from being used by drug traffickers.
“We are working to establish protocols and have a standard between the three countries through the global coalition to precisely prevent the diversion of these chemical precursors. We are increasing our information sharing between our law enforcement agencies on precursor chemicals and see the work Mexico is doing to strengthen security at its land ports of entry and ports.
“We see that much of the fentanyl enters well through licit ports, ports of entry, and there is a lot of work that is being done in close collaboration to strengthen inspections,” he highlighted.
The Secretary of Foreign Relations of Mexico, Alicia Bárcenas, explained that in Mexico fentanyl or its precursors arrive through legal channels for the pharmaceutical industry; However, there is illegal trafficking of substances used to manufacture fentanyl in clandestine laboratories that the Mexican government has the task of dismantling.
“Of course there is a path of illegality that is what we are really working very hard on, cooperatively with the United States and with other countries and that is where the Secretary of the Navy proposed something important, which is this international coalition for the monitoring and traceability of precursors. chemicals, not only fentanyl, but for all types of synthetic drugs,” Bárcenas insisted.
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