Seizures of fentanyl at the Mexican border exceeded 12.1 tons in fiscal year 2023, nearly double the 6.3 tons of the alleged synthetic drug seized last year, the United States Government reported.
When it released its figures for the fiscal year 2023 that ended on September 30, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) highlighted that fentanyl attacks on the Mexican border continued to increase every year. since fiscal year 2019,” the US agency said in a press release published this week. .
At the beginning of the month, specialists consulted by Grupo REFORMA assured that the increase in fentanyl seizures at the Mexican border is the result of two strict inspections by the US Government and a greater number of alleged drug crossings from in Mexico.
According to the same figures, seizures of fentanyl at the Mexican border represent 11 percent of the total 109 tons of illegal drugs seized at the border in fiscal year 2023. Despite their rapid increase, they stay behind marijuana, methamphetamines and cocaine.
According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) are the main producers of illegal fentanyl used in the US and made in Mexico from chemical precursors that are import from China and Asia.