Mexico, the United States and Canada have agreed to improve their regulations to combat the sale of synthetic drugs, especially fentanyl, and the smuggling of weapons in North America, as they end up in the hands of organized crime.
High-level representatives of the three governments met this morning at the National Palace to continue to outline a strategy in favor of regional security.
The work of the so-called Trilateral Committee to Combat Drug Trafficking and Arms Trafficking – whose third session was held today – will present its progress during the next trilateral meeting of North American leaders, to be held in April in Quebec, Canada.
At the end of the meeting, the head of the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), Rosa Icela Rodríguez, and Chancellor Alicia Bárcena gave some details to reporters waiting outside the National Palace.
The Secretary of Security said that part of the agreements between the three countries is “to share more information about the networks that exist around the issue of drug dealers and arms dealers.”
Another is to match or improve the existing regulations of the three countries and propose new standards, as well as to be well aware of the lessons learned from other countries.
The work with the private initiative was also emphasized during the meeting to prevent companies from being used to commit these crimes.
For his part, Chancellor Bárcena commented: “It should be noted that the next trilateral meeting of the heads of state is in April in Quebec, and the idea is to bring concrete results from this meeting,” said Bárcena.
He added that one of the points of interest of the counterparts is that Mexico can participate in the so-called National Objectives Committee, which will be analyzed by the Mexican government. “But it’s important for them to give us real-time information about drug and weapons trafficking, which is very important for us.”
Mexico, he said, made two proposals: 1) create a trilateral coalition to control substances, precursors, and, above all, entry and exit, all of which mean tracking synthetic drugs; and 2) implement the drug monitoring system designed by Cofepris.
Both initiatives will be analyzed by counterparts in the US and Canada.
Asked about the monitoring of illegal arms sales from the United States Army to Mexico, Bárcena said that it is the Secretariat of National Defense that will provide more information on the matter.
“I think the Ministry of Defense should explain it with data and figures; I prefer to do it this way and more with material and evidence.”
He pointed out that Mexico has a platform that allows the tracking of these weapons and that the work will continue on the seizures to find the serial numbers, the type of the weapon, and its images so that Washington can cooperate and identify where the weapon came from. and who sells it.
He added that the lawsuit filed by Mexico against companies that produce and distribute weapons to the northern neighbor, not against the government of that country, “may also make sense.”