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Report on Fentanyl / Lambasts Critics / Fuel Theft Results

By Ricardo Guzman | Fri, 09/18/2020 - 11:36

Report on fentanyl trafficking, production. There are two entry routes by which fentanyl reaches Mexico, Minister of National Defense (Sedena) Luis Cresencio Sandoval said. “The one that affects us is China-Mexico and India-Mexico. They reach our Pacific coasts through the ports of Manzanillo and Lázaro Cárdenas. Most seizures are made along this route,” he said. Sandoval detailed that fentanyl is sent to northern states and that Sinaloa stands out for producing significant amounts of fentanyl tablets. The detailed report on fentanyl was included in today’s briefing after harsh criticism from US President Donald Trump on Mexico’s drug fighting strategy earlier this week. Sandoval said that from Jan. 1 to Sept. 16, over 1,440kg of fentanyl were seized, which is 465 percent more than in 2019. Also, 36 clandestine laboratories were detected, which is 51 percent fewer than the previous year.

Laments request from critics. After 650 scholars, writers and artists signed a letter asking him to stop attacking outlets and journalists and using his daily briefings to “seed hate,” President López Obrador said they are the ones who should apologize for colluding with the people who looted the country. “Why are they offended? They should apologize because they were silent when the country was looted,” he said from the National Palace. The president, who regularly names outlets and journalists for being critics against his administration, said there is freedom of speech in Mexico and that collusion by Letras Libres magazine could be proven. The magazine is owned by “the conservative” Enrique Krauze, who was advised by a federal official to consider moving out of Mexico. The president pointed out that people who are behind the letter are conservatives who were protected by past administrations. “There is no hate, what we have is honesty. Corruption ends. I respect everyone,” he said.

Good results in fight against fuel theft. Over MX$106 billion (US$505 million) has been recovered thanks to the good results from the strategy against steeling fuel, known as huachicoleo, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSCP) Alfonso Durazo said. He detailed that 4.73 barrels per day are stolen today but that MX$106 billion have been recovered so far by this administration. “In November 2018, over 80,000 barrels per day were stolen. We have prevented greater damage,” Durazo said and highlighted that the illicit funds were financing criminal organizations. Durazo also said homicides in Guanajuato had fallen 19.96 percent since the arrests of José “El Marro” Yépez, leader of the Santa Rosa de Lima cartel, who are also fuel theft experts located near PEMEX’s Salamanca refinery.

Minimal decrease in homicides. A slight drop in homicides and a low increase in femicides were reported in August, compared to the previous month, Minister of Security and Citizen Protection (SSCP) Alfonso Durazo said. According to data, 2,773 intentional homicides were recorded last month, compared to 2,987 in July, which represents a decrease of 0.46 percent. Durazo said the powerful Jalisco Nueva Generacion cartel has made sporadic incursions into Mexico City to establish alliances with other criminal gangs.



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Ricardo Guzman Ricardo Guzman Editor