Mexican President disputes US claims on fentanyl trafficking [Video]
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW!
- Mexican President Lopez Obrador pushed back against US criticism of Mexico’s record on cracking down on fentanyl trafficking, stating that more fentanyl enters the US and Canada directly than enters Mexico.
- Fentanyl has been blamed for fueling a surge in US drug overdoses and some Republican lawmakers have urged Washington to authorize the use of military force in Mexico to bring the country’s drug gangs to heel.
- Lopez Obrador suggested that there was some fentanyl manufacturing in Mexico after the government earlier this week said it had “no record” of production, but underlined that the raw materials used to make the drug were coming from Asia.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has responded to US criticism of Mexico’s record on cracking down on fentanyl trafficking. Speaking at a news conference, he argued that more fentanyl enters the US and Canada directly than enters Mexico.
This claim goes against previous comments made by Anne Milgram, head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), who told a congressional hearing last month that Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel and rival Jalisco New Generation Cartel were responsible for the “vast majority of fentanyl that is coming into the United States.”
Fentanyl is a powerful painkiller that has been blamed for fueling a surge in US drug overdoses. Some Republican lawmakers have urged Washington to authorize the use of military force in Mexico to bring the country’s drug gangs to heel. However, Lopez Obrador has bristled at suggestions of US intervention in Mexico.
Lopez Obrador also suggested that there was some fentanyl manufacturing in Mexico, despite the government earlier stating that it had “no record” of production.
When asked about fentanyl production labs in the country, Lopez Obrador said “yes,” but underlined that the raw materials used to make the drug were coming from Asia. He criticized US efforts to deal with American drug traffickers and urged a focus on addressing the demand for drugs in the US.
The issue of fentanyl trafficking and drug overdoses is a contentious one between the US and Mexico. While the DEA has previously pointed the finger at Mexican cartels for the majority of fentanyl entering the US, Lopez Obrador’s comments suggest that the problem is more complex.
With both countries facing high rates of drug overdoses, finding a solution to the fentanyl crisis is likely to remain a key issue for policymakers on both sides of the border.
March 20, 2023 at 6:49 pm
The cartels own him like the chinks own biden!
March 20, 2023 at 6:53 pm
Nah he is not willing just fearful of death while Biden is a willing puppet
March 20, 2023 at 8:54 pm
March 20, 2023 at 7:01 pm
He’s a criminal just like the cartels he takes money from. . I have no use for Lindsey Graham but let’s bomb the crap out of them!
March 20, 2023 at 7:06 pm
OF COURSE HES NOT SAYING HE HAS RECORDS OF IT.
IT’S A SAFE BET THAT HE HAS HIS OWN RECORDS THAT PROVE WHEATHER OR NOT HE IS GETTING HIS CUT OF THE MONEY FOR NOT EXPOSUNG THEM…
WHAT IDIOT WOULD THINK DIFFERENT ???
March 21, 2023 at 12:35 am
The question should be has Mayorkas replaced Hunter Biden to be the collector for the BIG GUY and is ensuring the safety of the 10% is safely deposited in Swiss Bank?
AMLO is being protected by the cartels is a given. Has the last mile been enabled by the BIDEN CARTEL, at the urging of Xi Jing Ping in Bali?
March 20, 2023 at 7:08 pm
Well maybe it’s time that an American boycott of Mexico is in order !!! When starts acting like a good neighbor maybe we can enjoy a friendly Mexico !!!
March 20, 2023 at 7:58 pm
You can tell he’s lying, his lips are moving. What di you expect from a Mexican
March 21, 2023 at 12:03 pm
What do you mean, “What do you expect from a Mexican?”, that is a loaded and biased question. As a Mexican, I take that as an insult against all Mexicans. We don’t need more hatred.
March 20, 2023 at 8:43 pm
The Cartels own the Mexican president the same way Lying Corrupt Quid Pro KING Joe is owned by Communist China. The Mexican president is in no position to threaten anyone. If the U.S. was smart, which they are not, America would pull out of NAFTA.
March 20, 2023 at 8:57 pm
king cartel obradore is lying through his teeth. we should terminate the usmca altogeather.
March 21, 2023 at 9:10 am
This cartel owned clown has no say in the matter.