MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The Mexican military and nationwide guard seized a record amount of fentanyl within the northern state of Sinaloa earlier this week, in keeping with a press release by the Ministry of Defense on Thursday, in a uncommon bust of producers of the highly effective artificial opioid.
The seizure of 542.7 kg (1,196.4 lb) of fentanyl, alongside some 555 kg of meth, 31 kg of cocaine, 7 kg of heroine, and over 71,000 kg of chemical precursors, was carried out on a warehouse on Monday and resulted in 10 arrests.
The Ministry of Defense mentioned the warehouse had been run by “members of organized crime,” however didn’t give any additional element in regards to the specifics of the group.
Fentanyl is essentially the most deadly sort of opioid used within the United States, in keeping with the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mexico’s checkered progress in opposition to drug trafficking has been seen as a significant sticking level for bilateral ties with the United States, the place fentanyl pushed overdoses to record ranges in 2021.
(Reporting by Isabel Woodford; Editing by Sandra Maler)