Monday, August 22, 2016



Note: "directly from China" If you haven't yet, take a few minutes and look up the "Opium Wars".
As of Aug. 21, one USD = 18.31 Mex. pesos.

Fentanyl, the new drug that concerns the US, produced in Sinaloa
by: Miguel Angel Vega on August 14, 2016

Fentanyl, the new drug 500 times more potent than heroin, more addicts and overdose deaths in the United States

The drug cartels in Mexico has become the second supplier of "Fentanyl" in the United States, and it is the Sinaloa Cartel that controls the market for the opioid substance, which is used to cut heroin and make it ten times more potent, according to a report published by the DEA.

According to investigations, the ingredients to process Fentanyl come directly from China to the Sinaloan coast, later to be taken to laboratories in Culiacan, where it is processed.

According to people who produce and sell heroin, a kilo of Fentanyl has a cost of $2,000 (USD) in the market, while the kilo of white heroin, or "white goatee" as it is known, is $ 19,000. (USD)

"The 'devil' is mixed (Fentanyl) with the 'white goatee', and makes it more powerful," said a producer, during a show that made for a US television channel.

This effect gives a greater pleasure to the addict, which has caused a wave of overdose deaths on the east coast of United States, according to DEA statistics.

The document entitled "Fentanyl, a global threat," published by the DEA in late July, the fever for the Fentanyl began in 2006, when pharmaceutical companies in the United States, developed tablets with an artificial ingredient opioid then known as "Fentanyl" , which would serve to relieve pain in patients with terminal illnesses such as cancer.

In the following months, the Fentanyl was prescribed to other patients suffering from cronic diseases, to muscle aches, causing patients who were not addicted to opiate products were then.

When the Department of Health of the United States noted the high demand that existed for pain pills that contain Fentanyl, it unveiled the degree of addiction that existed in American society, canceling these drugs definitively, but it was too late, as new opium addicts decided to replace the absence of Fentanyl lozenges, which were acquired with prescriptions, with buying heroin on the streets, causing a high demand for the drug in the US.

The golden triangle

Three years after the fever for heroin in 2011, the former producers of marijuana in the Sierras de Sinaloa then faced a crisis, because before they could sell a kilo of marijuana up to 1,500 pesos, ($82 USD) suddenly began to get 500 pesos, ($28 USD) causing losses to the farmer.

By that same time as demand grew for opium, and they migrated from planting marijuana, to poppy seed only.

A poppy farmer who resides between Santiago Los Caballeros and Tameapa, told Ríodoce that they produce opium gum because of the lack of opportunities in the region, and because for every kilo of opium gum they are paid up to 32,000 pesos. ($1,700 USD)

"If you get to produce 10 kilos, you gain 320,000 pesos, and this is how one is going to survive," said the 48 year old.

According to testimonies of heroin producers, 10 kilos of gum is needed to produce a kilo of white heroin, which has a price in Culiacan of $19,000, (USD) while at the US border it is up to $27 000, and once on the other side reaches $35,000. "But that same kilo in New York or Chicago can cost up to $48,000."

Louis J. Milione, DEA spokesman said they were aware of what was happening in Sinaloa, as the number of deaths by overdose and were finding more heroin cut with Fentanyl was alarming.

According to the agency for Disease Control and Prevention (DCP) in the United States, in 2014 there were more than 14,000 overdose deaths in that country, and in 2015 doubled, which has set off alarms.

Asked about the number of deaths caused by the product they produce, producers said they "do not put a gun to the gringos to use drugs."

According to the DEA, Fentanyl is 50 to 500 times more potent than heroin, and one mixture produces an effect that creates a powerful addiction, and often ends in overdose. Among those who have died from Fentanyl overdoses, the singer Prince, and singer and actress Whitney Houston.

In Sinaloa however, there is a not high demand for heroin, nor Fentanyl known as the "little devil" that has so powerful effects on the addicts.


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