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Mexican cartels rule the US drug market – DEA National Drug Threat Assessment report

October 26, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican cartels rule the US drug market – DEA National Drug Threat Assessment report

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Mexican drug cartels are by far the most significant source of illegal drugs surging into the U.S., while Colombian criminal groups are starting to build in strength their hand, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment report.

In its annual report on drug trafficking, the DEA also indicated that fatal overdoses from heroin “continue to rise” from already shocking levels, while cocaine use is rebounding.

“The increased mixing of heroin with analogs of the highly-potent opioid fentanyl and other synthetic opioids has exacerbated this situation,” the report stated.

Fentanyl — which is a narcotic 50 times stronger than heroin — is being imported coming from China and Mexico.

According to the National Drug Threat Assessment report, coca agriculture and production are increasing in Colombia and is the primary source of cocaine in the U.S.

The DEA stated that “the long-term implications of the peace process for the Colombian drug trade are uncertain,” pointing to the 2016 peace agreements signed between the government and FARC guerrillas.

“Some segments of former FARC fighters will continue to engage in drug trafficking, but the degree to which this occurs may depend on the effectiveness of peace implementation,” it noted.

But currently, Mexican criminal organizations serve as the greatest drug threat to the U.S.

President Trump cites both drug trafficking and illegal immigration as reasons to justify constructing a wall along the southern with Mexico.

“No group is positioned to challenge them,” the DEA said, referring to the Mexican cartels, as discussing the strength of the Sinaloa cartel in particular and the increasing presence of the ultra-violent Jalisco New Generation Cartel.

The Juarez, Gulf, Los Zetas, and Beltran-Leyva cartels, which are dominating vast areas of Mexico, maintain a presence in the U.S.

“By controlling smuggling corridors, across the (southwestern border), Mexican (transnational criminal organizations) export significant quantities of heroin, cocaine, meth, marijuana, and fentanyl into the United States annually,” the report continued.

“Once these illicit drugs are smuggled into the U.S., they are delivered to markets through routes and distribution cells that are managed or influenced by Mexican TCOs.”

In recent years, Mexican cartels have extended their influence to different areas of the United States, including along the Eastern seaboard stretching up towards the northeastern coast of New England.

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