Amid the tension between China and the U.S. recently, there’s also friction over another issue—the illegal trade in synthetic drugs.
The U.S. believes factory-produced opioids—powerful painkillers increasingly abused by U.S. citizens—are being made in and sold from China.
One of the main ones is fentanyl—50 to 100 times stronger than morphine—which is approved in the U.S. only for severe pain arising in cases like cancer treatment.
Former President Trump called out China publicly: “It is outrageous that Poisonous Synthetic Heroin Fentanyl comes pouring into the U.S. Postal System from China. We can, and must, END THIS NOW! The Senate should pass the Stop act and firmly Stop this poison from killing our children and destroying our country. No more delay!.”
While not denying the problem, China hit back at claims that most illegal fentanyl is from China.
A senior Chinese official, Yu Haibin of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said there was “no proof” of this and described the former President’s comments as “unacceptable” and “irresponsible.”
Mr. Yu had earlier spoken about growing drug demand in the U.S. as the real problem and suggested there should be better intelligence sharing with China.
Doubtless, many of these chemicals are produced in China—although in precisely what quantities is impossible to tell.
Fentanyl of Chinese origin is quietly destroying American youth
These synthetic drugs are cheap to make, are sold on the internet, and sent by post, either directly to the U.S. or to trafficking networks based in Mexico.
On arrival at their destination, they can be mixed in minimal amounts with other drugs, especially heroin, to increase their potency.
Author Vanda Felab-Brown said that even though China placed the entire class of fentanyl-type drugs and two key fentanyl precursors under a controlled regulatory regime in May 2019, it remains the principal (if indirect) source of U.S. fentanyl. Fentanyl scheduling and China’s adoption of stricter mail monitoring have created some deterrence effects. However, instead of finished fentanyl being shipped directly to the United States, most smuggling now occurs via Mexico. Mexican criminal groups increasingly source fentanyl precursors from China, and then traffic finished fentanyl from Mexico to the United States. Scheduling fentanyl and its precursors in China is insufficient to stem flows to the United States.
The most tragic thing is that young Americans die without intentionally taking drugs. Instead, counterfeit drugs and some over-the-counter drugs are being “impregnated” with fentanyl, killing young Americans of military age. Since 1999, drug overdoses have killed approximately 1 million Americans, an overdose lethality that had increased significantly since 2012 when synthetic opioids from China began supplying the U.S. demand for illicit opioids.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said the wave of fentanyl could lead to millions of deaths if left unchecked. “Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels. Ingestion of doses as small as 0.25 mg can be fatal,” states the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. And synthetic opioids remain the source of the deadliest U.S. drug epidemic ever.
Recently, America’s “Open Borders” policy, as well as support for the U.S. bill to “decriminalize” the use of marijuana, have also “unintentionally” abetted drugs infiltrating America.
Policies on drugs and marijuana are ‘unintentionally’ abetting ‘Chinese poison‘
Observers say most of these consequences are rooted in policies from the Barack Obama administration.
Obama’s drug promotion policy is contained in the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare). It is also consistent with his series of policies in favor of drug criminals, support of reviews, canceling arrest records and federal convictions for marijuana use, and providing generous housing support for addicts.
Not only exempting addicts from legal liability, and providing free narcotic drugs through ObamaCare, Barack Obama also repeatedly proposed that the U.S. Congress pass budgets to support drug addicts. Such as the proposed budget allocation of $550 million in 2012 to support housing for drug addicts and the proposed budget of $1.1 billion to expand the program to support opioid abuse addicts just before Barack Obama left the White House in 2016.
Four years later, on December 4, 2020, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that would “decriminalize” marijuana at the federal level, aiming to change a failed policy that criminalizes marijuana use.
Democrats who support the marijuana bill say the legislation will help relieve the ill effects of the war on drugs by removing the drug from the federally controlled list and letting the state make its own marijuana laws.
The bill would also use proceeds from an excise tax on cannabis to fund communities affected by previous drug wars to cover costs.
Sadly, most states in the U.S. now legalize the use of marijuana in various forms. For example, under former Governor Jerry Brown and incumbent Governor Gavin Newsom, the California state government opened prisons, freeing thousands of illegal immigrants, many of them members of Mexican drug cartels.
The US-Mexico border crisis aids ‘Chinese medicine‘
“Cartel” is the common name for a criminal organization in Mexico, living by drug smuggling and having the same hierarchy as a business. The cartels all open ordinary companies to use them to legitimize the massive amount of dirty money gained through drug trafficking.
Fighting between the Mexican military and drug cartels has forced the large cartels to split into smaller cartels. It branched out into the Sinaloa cartel led by the famous El Chapo tycoon, which controls most of the drug trade in northern Mexico. The Los Zetas Cartel that controls most of eastern Mexico was founded by retired military personnel.
In 2020 and 2021, the southern border of the United States has expanded to the extent that the Biden administration has warned that the United States will face illegal immigration more than at any time in the past 20 years.
The U.S.-Mexico border has gotten so bad that the Department of Homeland Security has had to ask the federal government to support more U.S. Border Patrol agents to deal with the large number of illegal people crossing the border.
So who benefits from this massive influx of illegal immigrants into the U.S.? It’s the Mexican cartels, said Jaeson Jones, retired officer captain in the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety.
“It’s not just human trafficking, but Fentanyl has flooded into our country as a deadly weapon,” said Jones. In addition, it is a fact that cartels have transformed roles, from the original organized crime group to the entity that dominates the country parallel to the Mexican government.”
These cartels are disciplined, militarized transnational drug trafficking organizations that control many local governments south of the U.S.-Mexico border. But, more worryingly, both the Sinaloa and the Jalisco cartels have worldwide footprints.
Currently, the Mexican cartel controls the entire 2,000-mile border of the U.S.-Mexico border, and these cartels have ties to the CCP, which supplies the raw materials needed to produce methamphetamine and fentanyl.
Cartels have also improved processes to bring illegal migrants across the border into the U.S. along the routes that the gangs and smugglers plan. As a result, there are not only migrants from Mexico and Central or South America but also Chinese among the hoards of illegal immigrants making their way towards the southwestern border of the United States.