Mexico and the United States showed that they maintain conflicting versions about the production and processing of fentanyl, the synthetic opioid more powerful than heroin that causes thousands of overdose deaths in American soil.
In a press conference, after the High-Level Dialogue, Rosa Icela Rodríguez Velázquez, secretary of security and citizen protection, reiterated that Mexico does not produce fentanyl and that in the national territory, there are no laboratories authorized by criminal groups for it.
“We reiterate the issue of monitoring chemical precursors since Mexico is not a producer of fentanyl, it is a transit country and no laboratories dedicated to it have been detected in the country,” he said during his speech.
However, United States Attorney Merrick Garland, pointed out that fentanyl is produced by cartels. He added that the chain of this precursor begins with chemical companies in China.
“We are facing these cartels that are responsible for the deaths of Mexican citizens and other nationalities. Furthermore, the fentanyl produced by the cartels is the worst drug we have ever seen.”
He added: “We know that the global fentanyl supply chain that; then, the Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels that are producing the fentanyl and trafficking it, this leads to what crosses our border and the drug trafficking organizations related to the cartels in the United States.”