Security Report 2021: Mexico broke record in the seizure of fentanyl with 1,593 kilos seized

Canine binomials detected presumed fentanyl (Photo: National Guard)

According to Security Report presented in coordination by the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), the Secretariat of Mariana (Semar), the National Guard (GC) and the Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection (SSPC), this 2021 Mexico broke a record in the seizure of fentanyl by seizing 1,503 kilograms in the 11 months of the year.

Based on the statistics released by the security agencies, 78 kg were seized in January; in February 119 kg; while March was the month in which they were most insured, registering a total of 322 kg; in April 232 kg; in May 249 kg; June was the month with the lowest peak at 32 kg; followed by July with 33 kg; in August 151 kg; in September 80 kg; in October 234 kg; days before the end of November, 63 kg have been seized.

The ton and a half that was registered this year is higher than that seized in 2020, since in the previous 12 months 1,301 kilos were seized, which meant an increase in 486% in relation to what was settled in 2019, year in which they barely added 222 kilograms insured of the drug.

In March, more kilograms of fentanyl were seized in Mexico (Photo: Government of Mexico)
In March, more kilograms of fentanyl were seized in Mexico (Photo: Government of Mexico)

In the results of the strategy of the Mexican State in the fight against drug trafficking, it was also reported that so far there are 72,292 kg seized from marijuana, followed by 44,309 kg from methamphetamine, 15,757 kg from cocaine and 362 kg from heroin.

Meanwhile, it was also reported that they have been seized 201,904,869 million pesos in the fight against criminal identity cards, as well as USD 16,616,785.

While 6,995 firearms were seized throughout the national territory, among which stand out seven Barret 50 caliber rifles, four machine guns and two grenade launcher attachments.

Finally, in terms of transport, they made sure 19,248 vehicles, 36 aircraft and 35 boats.

This year 19,248 vehicles were insured (Photo: Government of Mexico)
This year 19,248 vehicles were insured (Photo: Government of Mexico)

Just last wednesday the United States government reported that it is going through the deadliest drug epidemic in the history of that country. According to data provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 100,000 people died from overdoses in 2020.

Which is why, last June, when Vice President Kamala Harris visited Mexico, the official expressed her worry to President Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) on the increase in traffic of fentanyl.

Transnational crime organizations such as the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) are the main providers, according to data from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Origin and destination of fentanyl, the drug's route between Mexico, China and the US (Infographic: Infobae)
Origin and destination of fentanyl, the drug’s route between Mexico, China and the US (Infographic: Infobae)

This drug is a strong synthetic opioid similar to morphine, but 80 to 100 times more powerful. Criminal groups mix fentanyl with other drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA to increase the effect and generate more profits.

As a prescription analgesic it can reduce pain, but it can also lead to addictions or overdose due to its potency and amount consumed; for example, 33 kilograms of the drug, could cause the death of more than 10,000,000 people, according to the DEA.

In the months of August and September, according to the DEA, US authorities seized a historic 1.8 million fake fentanyl pills and they arrested 810 dealers that flooded the streets with the deadly opioid. The seized drug contains the doses sufficient to kill 700,000 people.


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