Mexico fentanyl seizures soar by Nearly 500 Percent in 2020

MEXICO CITY — The Mexican military said Thursday the fentanyl seizures rose by 486% in 2020.

Army and police forces stated on the last day of this year they had captured an estimated 1.3 heaps of their synthetic opioid, in comparison to 222 kilograms in 2019.

Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the nation’s defense secretary, said the growth was because synthetic drugs such as methamphetamines and fentanyl are simpler to create and traffic and therefore are more addictive than other medications.

“These medications are more rewarding for its criminal organizations”

A lot of Mexico’s fentanyl manufacturing is smuggled into the USA in the kind of counterfeit tablets.

Meth seizures increased by 6 percent to 34,555 kilograms in 2020.

Sandoval said the number of drug labs located in Mexico nearly triple, from 91 in 2019 to 175 in 2020. He explained the newly recognized military control of sea and seaports of entry helps stem the flow of precursor chemicals used to create synthetic drugs.

“All of the raw materials used to create these drugs arrive through sea and seaports,” he explained. Mexican drug cartels import the majority of their precursor or analog compounds from Asia. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador put the Navy in control of sea vents and the military in control of inspections at border crossings this season in an attempt to decrease corruption and contraband.

Cocaine seizures were up roughly 45 percent, to approximately 27.5 metric tons, but bud seizures increased only 6 percent to approximately 244,000 kilograms. Sandoval stated demand for illegal bud seems to be diminishing since Mexico has moved toward legalizing manufacturing and possession of small quantities.

Officials said Mexico hopes to finish 2020 using a small, marginal reduction of 0.4percent in the number of homicides in 2020, together with roughly 34,500 killings. The amount is provisional, and will likely rise when the government statistics agency releases more dependable figures annually.

However, the number of femicides — described in Mexico because of the killing of a female because she’s a female — increased by 0.3 percent, something officials stated was a result of a larger strain on prosecutors not classify these offenses as easy homicides.