Sinaloa, Jalisco cartels in Mexico are the greatest drug threat in U.S. history, DEA official says

Posted on AllSides February 2nd, 2023
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Defense and Security, Drug Cartels, Sinaloa, Jalisco, DEA
Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP

Two Mexican cartels have foot soldiers in every U.S. state and “pose the greatest criminal drug threat the United States has ever faced,” a top Drug Enforcement Administration official told a House panel Wednesday as lawmakers debated ways to stop the fentanyl crisis killing tens of thousands of Americans per year.

The Sinaloa cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel control the supply chain for illicit fentanyl by obtaining precursor chemicals from China. They turn the chemicals into finished fentanyl at clandestine labs and press it into fake prescription pills, ship it as powder and cut it with drugs such...

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