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The Chinese Connection to the Flood of Mexican Fentanyl

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Nov 9, 2017 | 09:15 GMT
The powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl is responsible for a rash of overdose deaths in the United States
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In August, I wrote about how Mexico's cartels are capitalizing on the fentanyl trade. Afterward, many people asked me how China fits into the equation. In tracking the flow and distribution of the synthetic opioid, The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's recently released 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment was ambiguous about the relationship between the Mexican cartels and China. Explaining China's role in its manufacture and its interactions with Mexican traffickers will require an examination of how two other cartel drugs -- methamphetamine and heroin -- intersect with fentanyl....

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