Prosecutors in Mexico seize half a million pills of Fentanyl
A raid on a warehouse in the northern city of Culiacan resulted in the seizure of half a million fentanyl tablets, Mexican prosecutors stated on Friday.
According to the Sinaloa cartel’s headquarters in Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state, the Mexican army revealed the capture of more than 500,000 fentanyl tablets at another Culiacan warehouse just one day earlier.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is slated to meet with President Joe Biden in Washington, D.C., only days before the massive seizures occurred.
In addition to the bales of pills, soldiers seized 83 kilograms of powder fentanyl and roughly a tonne of meth during the raid, which was announced on Friday and carried out on Thursday.
The synthetic opioid is manufactured in Mexico by Mexican cartels using precursors supplied from China and pressing the drug into counterfeit tablets that appear like Xanax, Adderall, or Oxycodone.
“Historic seizure” of almost half a ton of Fentanyl was revealed by Mexico’s army and National Guard on Thursday.
Asst. Public Safety Secretary Ricardo Mejia remarked, “This is the largest seizure in the history of this lethal drug.” He estimated the Fentanyl’s illicit value at roughly $230 million.
There has been a dramatic rise in the number of overdose deaths in the United States due to synthetic opioids such as Fentanyl; as little as two milligrams can be fatal. Morphine’s 100-fold potency is more than double that of this medication.
Millions of the fake fentanyl tablets might have been made from the over 1,200 pounds (543 kilograms) supply found in the warehouse. These tablets seem like Adderall or Oxycodone, but they contain Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller that can be fatal when ingested in large doses.
Because people often do not realize they are taking Fentanyl, this has resulted in tens of thousands of overdose deaths in the United States.
However, the quality of the Fentanyl recovered in the warehouse remained unknown; Fentanyl is sometimes mixed with other chemicals before being pressed into pills. Precursor chemicals from China are smuggled into Mexico, where nearly all of the country’s Fentanyl is produced.