Mexican cartels use Facebook and TikTok to traffic fentanyl in the United States, warns the DEA

Mexican drug cartels are using social media, such as Facebook, Snapchat Y TikTok, to market fentanyl and pills mixed with this apocryphal prescription drug to the United States, warned the Administration for Drug Control of that country (give, for its acronym in English).

The director of the organization, Anne Milgram, released the results of a security operation carried out from September 29 to December 14 of this year focused on criminal networks that have taken advantage of the anonymity and accessibility of this type of digital platform to traffic drugs to the United States.

“Mexican criminal networks are taking advantage of the perfect tool for drug trafficking: social media applications that are available on all smartphones,” Milgram said at a press conference in Washington DC.

The US authorities explained that drug cartels in Mexico are producing the fake pills with fentanyl and chemicals allegedly supplied from China.

The give detailed in a statement that the fake prescription pills they produce are designed to be almost identical to legitimate prescriptions, such as Oxycontin, Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, Xanax and other medications; “and they have been found in every state in the country.”

They are using these platforms to flood our country with fentanyl. The ease with which drug traffickers can operate on social media and other popular smartphone apps is fueling the unprecedented overdose epidemic. “

Milgram reported that during the recent operation the DEA seized eight million apocryphal pills and so far this year more than 20 million pills of this type have been seized.

The head of the United States narcotics agency commented that according to studies carried out by the DEA, four out of ten apocryphal pills they contain at least two milligrams of fentanyl, “an amount considered a lethal dose.”

The fentanyl trade has wreaked severe damage on both sides of the US-Mexico border. In our country, there are signs of an increase in its consumption, while the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Nueva Generación Cartel (CJNG) remain the main traffickers of synthetic opioid; While in the United States, overdose deaths are on an upward trend, according to recent InSight Crime analysis.

The report entitled “Impact of illicit fentanyl is felt on both sides of the US-Mexico border,” by Parker Asmann and Alejandra Rodríguez, points out that in the United States, overdose deaths, mainly due to synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, have been exponentially increased. During 2020, overdose deaths in the United States totaled 93,331 cases, a record so far.

(With information from Maritza Pérez).


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