Note: Much of the chemicals used are suspected of coming from China.
Besides the profits, is there perhaps another motive involved?
Ref: AZMEX UPDATE 22-8-16
Some links with interesting perspectives:
Posted: Mar 21, 2017 3:52 PM MST
Updated: Mar 21, 2017 7:13 PM MST
By News Staff
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
Authorities say they have uncovered a disturbing new trend in drug trafficking in Arizona in which addicts are taking counterfeit OxyContin pills that are laced with the more powerful painkiller fentanyl.
The Drug Enforcement Administration says the counterfeit pills are responsible for the overdose deaths of 32 people in metro Phoenix over the last 18 months.
Officials say the addicts don't know they're taking a more powerful drug.
Manufactured by Mexican drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) and sold as oxycodone on the illicit drug market, fentanyl is an opioid 100 times stronger than morphine.
These counterfeit pills are smuggled into the U.S. by Mexican DTOs through Arizona.
At least 32 deaths in the last 18 months in Maricopa County have been tied to these counterfeit pills.
Alarmingly, in nearly 75 percent of those overdoses, examiners also found dipyrone, (aka Metamizole,) a painkiller banned for use in the U.S. since 1977.
"Manufacturing these pills using extremely deadly substances like fentanyl is a reflection of the depravity by which Mexican drug traffickers operate to further their profit margin," said Doug Coleman, Special Agent in Charge of DEA in Arizona. "Mexican DTOs are pushing these deadly substances into the illicit drug market to expand their business among the already increasing opioid-addicted population. People are dying across the country and here in Arizona."
Of the 32 associated deaths:
• All of the deaths were positive for fentanyl.
• The average age at death is 35 years, with a range of 16-64 years of age.
• The average age at death for females is 37 years and for males, it is 34 years.
• 50 percent of the deaths are Whites, 38 percent Hispanics.
• 75 percent of the deaths are male.
• 11 of the deaths were in Phoenix, 7 in Mesa
The DEA is examining all available reporting surrounding these deaths to pursue any investigative leads and determine the origin of the counterfeit pills.
Agents are seeking the assistance of the community and law enforcement to share information concerning the availability of this and any other synthetic opioids as they surface within local drug markets.
Border Patrol agent attacked with rocks near San Luis
6:04 PM, Mar 21, 2017
2 hours ago
SAN LUIS, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) - A border patrol agent was uninjured after being attacked with rocks thrown over the border fence near San Luis on Monday.
The agent was following two sets of footsteps and had apprehended one person who had illegally entered the U.S. when he was attacked.
Multiple rocks were thrown over the fence as the agent tried to get back to the vehicle.
According to a release, "the agent was able to get back into his vehicle and leave the area but not before his vehicle's windshield took a direct hit."
The individual who was in custody is being processed.
PESP and Sedena seize almost half a ton of marijuana
Details Posted on Wednesday March 22, 2017,
Written by Editor / El Diario
Officials of the State Police of Public Security (PESP) carried out the seizure of 306 kilograms of green grass with physical characteristics of marijuana inside an abandoned vehicle on the roads of Sonoyta.
It was inside a Honda Accord that was found in apparent state of abandonment in an area uninhabited on the side of the Caborca-Sonoyta highway.
Elements of the PESP saw that there were several packages made of self-adhesive tape inside the vehicle, with safety measures being carried out and a total of 31 packages were found with the characteristic of marijuana.
Meanwhile, in coordinated operations between officers of the State Police of Public Security and personnel of the Secretariat of National Defense was able to secure 21 abandoned packages to one side of the Bridge "La Botella" located at the Kilometer 15 of the Federal Highway Number 2, section Sonoyta-San Luis Río Colorado.
The coordinated operation secured 21 packages containing apparently marijuana, which weighed about 171 kilograms.
The insured drug summed the amount of 477 kilograms, which would be equivalent to 954 thousand doses not reaching the streets through the black market, being seized by personnel of the PESP and Mexican Army, made available to the Attorney General's Office Republic following the First Respondent National Protocol.
Aseguran PESP y Sedena casi media ton de marihuana
Detalles Publicado el Miercoles 22 de marzo de 2017,
Oficiales de la Policía Estatal de Seguridad Pública (PESP) realizaron el aseguramiento de 306 kilogramos de hierba verde con características físicas a mariguana en el interior de un vehículo abandonado en los caminos de Sonoyta.
Fue dentro de un automóvil marca Honda, línea Accord que se encontró en aparente estado de abandono en una zona despoblada a un costado de la carretera Caborca-Sonoyta.
Elementos de la PESP vieron que había varios paquetes confeccionados en cinta adhesiva en el interior del vehículo, con las medidas de seguridad efectuaron la revisión y encontraron un total de 31 paquetes con la hierba característica a la marihuana.
Mientras tanto, en operativos coordinados entre oficiales de la Policía Estatal de Seguridad Pública y personal de la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional se logró asegurar 21 paquetes abandonados a un costado del Puente "La Botella" ubicado a la altura del Kilómetro 15 de la Carretera Federal Número 2 tramo Sonoyta-San Luis Río Colorado.
El operativo coordinado aseguró 21 paquetes que contenían hierba verde al parecer mariguana, los cuales arrojaron un peso aproximado a los 171 kilogramos.
La droga asegurada sumó la cantidad de 477 kilogramos, misma que equivaldría a 954 mil dosis que se evitó llegar a las calles a través del mercado negro, siendo asegurada por personal de la PESP y Ejército Mexicano, quedando a disposición de la Procuraduría General de la República en seguimiento al Protocolo Nacional Primer Respondiente.