It will use analytical intelligence assets to determine cartel activity in Sinaloa,
Chicago- EFE announced that the Chicago Office of the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will coordinate a new effort in the United States to block the import of fentanyl from Mexico, which has caused thousands of deaths in the country due to overdose.
The office reported Wednesday that the program, called “Moisture Prevention,” will use analytical intelligence assets to target activities in the Sinaloa Cartel, which is the country’s main supplier and distributor of the drug.
Acting DEA director D. Christopher Evans said in a statement: “The main entry point for fentanyl is the southwest border, but cartels spread the poison across the country.”
“Through this initiative, we are responding to very real threats to public health, public safety and national security, identifying the worst street network in our community, and working throughout the supply chain.”
Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid drug that is about 50 times more potent than heroin and about 100 times more potent than morphine.
Of the counterfeit drugs tested by DEA laboratories, a quarter contained potentially lethal doses.
Robert J. Bell, the special agent in charge of the Chicago DEA department, said that the “breakwater” involved Chicago and ten other DEA departments, such as New York, San Diego, Los Angeles, Detroit or El Paso. The agency seized 85% of synthetic opioids in 2020.
According to the press release, the Mexican cartel, especially the Sinaloa cartel, has taken advantage of the opioid epidemic and prescription drug abuse in the United States, the spread of illegal fentanyl to the community and the rising mortality rate from overdose.
It pointed to provisional data recently released by the government, according to which more than 87,200 people died of drug overdose last year.
Fentanyl was the main cause of deaths related to synthetic opioids, and the number of deaths increased by nearly 60% in the 12 months to September 1, 2020.
The statement concluded: “The breakwater aims to reduce the amount of fentanyl crossing the southwest border, reduce crime and violence related to drug trafficking, and ultimately save lives by reducing the demand for illegal fentanyl.”