Mexican Cartels Running Short on Meth & Fentanyl Chemicals From China Due to Coronavirus
Mexican drug cartels are struggling to continue to produce fentanyl and methamphetamine due to the coronavirus causing a shortage of the chemicals which are typically shipped in from China.
Insight crime has reported that the Jalisco Cartel is unable to get the chemicals they need from China to produce fentanyl.
The Sinaloa cartel has also reported that it has become increasingly more difficult and complicated to get the chemicals they need to manufacture fentanyl and methamphetamine. They are still manufacturing the drugs, but in lesser quantities. As a result the cost of the drugs are going up.
“We haven’t stopped producing, but the price of meth is getting pushed up because of the scarcity of chemicals from China….transporting them this far is also getting much more expensive,”
– Sinaloa cartel operative
China has been notoriosly known to supply Mexican cartels with the chemicals needed to produce fentanyl and methamphetamine.
The chemicals are typically supplied in bulk via cargo and are mislabeled to conceal what they really are.
The chemicals are typically shipped to several ports in Mexico including Lazaro Cardenas in Michoacán and Mazatlán in Sinaloa.
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