5/18/2017 InSight Crime
Fentanyl seizures in Mexico are on the rise, prompting Mexico and the United States to pledge to boost bilateral efforts to combat the production and trafficking of the drug, which is a major contributor to the deadly opioid epidemic currently ravaging the United States.
Mexico is ramping up efforts to combat fentanyl, according to Alberto Elías Beltrán, a Mexican deputy attorney general for judiciary and international affairs. Since the start of 2017, the country has made four seizures of the synthetic opioid, he said, while during the entirety of the previous ten years, authorities made a total of just 12 fentanyl seizures.
Beltrán’s comments were made during the inauguration of the first National Fentanyl Conference for Forensic Chemists in Mexico City on May 16. The event was attended by law enforcement officials from around the country, and “is a part of broader international cooperation on fentanyl,” US Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson told InSight Crime following the event.