The Mexican Secretary of Defense Luis Cresencio Sandoval announced on December 31, 2020 that Mexican security forces seized around 1.3 tons of fentanyl in 2020.
This represented a 486% increase from the amount seized in 2019, when security forces confiscated 222 kilograms of fentanyl.
The Defense Secretary attributed the increase in seizures of harder drugs such as fentanyl and methamphetamine to the fact that these drugs are easier to make and traffic. Additionally, they’re more addictive compared to other drugs.
“Demand is increasing,” Sandoval remarked. “These drugs are much more profitable for the criminal organisations.”
The majority of fentanyl production is brought stateside in the shape of counterfeit pills. Meth seizures increased to 34,555 kilograms in 2020, marking a 6% increase. Meth is usually produced for the American market, but enjoys large consumption in Mexico, where it usually comes in one-dose packages that cost about $1.50 for Mexicans to consume.
Sandoval claims that the number of drug labs discovered in Mexico nearly doubled from 91 in 2019 to 175 in 2020. The Defense Secretary claims that the military’s recent control of sea and land ports of entry will impede the flow of precursor chemicals that are used to produce synthetic drugs.
“All the raw materials used to make these drugs arrive through sea and land ports,” he asserted. Mexican drug cartels turn to Asia to import the majority of their precursor chemicals. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador had the navy take over sea ports and place the army in charge of border security to ensure that no more illegal substances move through the Mexican border.
In addition, cocaine seizures increased by 45%, to about 27.5 metric tons. On the other hand, marijuana seizures grew only by 6% to roughly 244,000 kilograms. Sandoval claims that demand for illegal marijuana is apparently on the decline as Mexico has gradually legalized the production and possession of small quantities of the drug.
Homicides have gone through the roof in Mexico over the last decade thanks to the country being ensnared in drug cartel turf wars. In 2020 alone, there were approximately 34,500 homicides in Mexico.
Any one with a functioning pair of eyes and an IQ above room temperature understands that Mexico is a political mess. America’s southern neighbor will likely continue its downward spiral in the next few years. One has to wonder if Mexican cartels will fully settle up north and start terrorizing Americans. After all, it looks like we’re heading towards open borders USA with Joe Biden being potentially installed as president.
Again, does the GOP have a clue? It seems these days that they’re more fixated on tax cuts and fighting socialism, rather than taking on mass migration. A screwed up set of priorities and a sign that the U.S. is going to be in for some hard times.