According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, China has been the primary source of illicit fentanyl for years. However, recent busts in Mexico show that the cartels no longer need to rely on China for fentanyl. They are able to synthesize the drug from its precursor chemicals themselves…

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Source: Georgia Bureau of Investigations

Overdoes by Counties in Georgia DEA agents suspect Mexican drug cartels are behind the wave over overdoses and deaths caused by fake Percocet pills made with fentanyl analogues. The DEA is exploring possible ties between the national wave of fake pain pills laced with fentanyl and Mexican crime organizations, reports Georgia news station Alive11. DEA…

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  Richard Baum, acting director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, warned the House Energy and Commerce Committee that “illicit fentanyl is an urgent public health threat,” in a letter dated Wednesday, March 29, reports the Wall Street Journal. Baum’s letter cites the tripling of the death rate due to fentanyl…

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Three men from Utah were recently sentenced to federal prison for their illegal online pharmacy operation. Noah Sifuentes, of Orem, Utah, and Timothy Shields and Kenneth E. Forrest, of Provo, Utah, had all previously pleaded guilty to an illegal online pharmacy business that sent prescription drugs from Mexico across the country, according to the Daily…

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Dr. Bayardo Cruz pleaded guilty to purchasing imported Mexican IUDs from a company called Universal Services. These devices cost $30 each, a substantial discount from the FDA approved versions, which ranged from $300 – $400 each. Cruz inserted 110 of the black market IUDs in his patients, but continued to bill Medi-Cal for the legitimate…

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