Sunday, April 26, 2020

Cartels scrambling for precursors

Mexican cartels are reliant on Chinese companies to get precursors. This is so because China is the cheapest source. The two most common fentanyl precursors are NPP and 4-ANPP. Huge amounts of these components were traced to a state-subsidized company in Wuhan that shut down after the outbreak. A Yuancheng salesman in 2017. “Below 10 kilograms is express delivery, above 10 kilograms by air”
Advertised prices across China for precursors of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cutting agents have risen between 25% and 400% in months.

The pandemic has led to a shortage of workers at labs in China which produces more than 80% of precursor chemicals such as benzylfentanyl, norfentanyl and 4-anilinopiperidine. The bulk of the meth and synthetic opioids clandestinely produced in Mexico is controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel. Fentanyl has become the most coveted cartel commodity in recent weeks.
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