AIFA Connectivity. The Minister of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, Jorge Nuño, announced that the Suburban Train route, which goes from Buenavista to the Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA), will allow passengers to arrive in 39 minutes. "There are 10 passenger trains, each with a capacity of 709 passengers."
In 2022, the government announced that the Suburban Train that runs from Buenavista to Lechería would be extended to AIFA. According to the SICT, the project will be ready by the end of 2023. The second connection planned by the government is a railroad to connect the city of Pachuca with AIFA. If the project is completed, it could benefit more than 50,000 daily users.
Fentanyl Crisis. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said there will be more programs against drugs, such as fentanyl. He added that cooperation with the US government will be key to address the issue of drug consumption in both countries.
Fentanyl represents one of the most critical healthcare issues for Mexico and the US, becoming a key discussion topic for both countries. According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), fentanyl is a synthetic opioid considered to be 30 to 50 times stronger than heroin and 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine. In 2021, there were approximately 70,000 deaths in the US related to fentanyl and in 2022, fentanyl deaths accounted for 66% percent of drug-related deaths in that country. With the price of fentanyl being at its lowest, consumption is increasing in Mexico and the US, according to authorities.
Genaro García. President López Obrador said that he cannot continue his lawsuit against Genaro García Luna's lawyer, César de Castro, for defamation, because the US grants protection to lawyers. The President accused Castro of having mentioned him in the cross-examination of Jesús Reynaldo “El Rey” Zambada during Garcia's trial.
García Luna is being processed in Florida for five crimes, four of them related to drug trafficking. The alleged crimes entail participation in corporate crime, conspiracy for global distribution of cocaine, conspiracy for the distribution and possession of cocaine and conspiracy for cocaine import. The fifth alleged crime is for giving false testimony to US authorities. He is the highest-ranking former Mexican official to face justice in the US for charges linked to drug trafficking and corruption. His trial started three years ago, after he was arrested in Texas.