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Mexico's Cartels Find Another Game Changer in Fentanyl

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Aug 3, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
Bags of heroin, some laced with fentanyl, are shown at a press conference at the office of the New York Attorney General.

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.

(DREW ANGERER/Getty Images)

Cheap and easy to manufacture, the synthetic opioid is the latest big moneymaker for Mexican crime groups — and where drug-trafficking profits go, violence is likely to follow....

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