Fentanyl is fairly inexpensive, leading to drug dealers attempting to pass it off as various more expensive narcotics, such as "China White" heroin. If pressed into pill form, it can mimic pharmaceutical opiates such as oxycodone or hydrocodone.
The cocaine trade significantly affected the historical trajectory of Mexican organized crime, providing cartels with unprecedented quantities of cash that they then parlayed into power. Starting in the 1980s, Mexican criminal organizations began fighting over the immense profit pool produced by the cocaine trade, and this infighting has continued in...
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