Emboldened Cartels Moving Fentanyl Manufacturing Into U.S.

This Saturday, April 23, 2022, evidence photo provided by the Alameda County Sheriff's Office shows seized 92.5 pounds (42 kilograms) of illicit fentanyl displayed in Alameda, Calif. The Alameda County Task Force discovered a fentanyl manufacturing lab Friday, April 22, after serving two search warrants in the cities of Oakland and Hayward, Calif., said Lt. Ray Kelly, a spokesman for the sheriff's office. One kilogram has the potential to kill 500,000 people. The DEA says that just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can be lethal depending on a person's body size, tolerance and past usage. (Alameda County Sheriff's Office via AP)

At a glance

  • Drug cartels are moving more of their drug manufacturing operations onto U.S. soil, former head of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Special Operations Division Derek Maltz told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
  • The cartels are bringing into the U.S. both the powder and liquid forms of drugs to be pressed into counterfeit pills, according to Maltz, rather than bringing already-made pills across the southern border from Mexico, which is how they’ve traditionally operated. Liquid forms of drugs can be made into powder in what are known as conversion labs.
  • Drugs killed over 100,000 Americans in 2021, with fentanyl from Mexico and the cartels a chief contributor.


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