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DEA veteran: They’re taking over drug distribution from local dealers and gangs

At the heart of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history are two powerful transnational criminal organizations notorious for drug-trafficking and violence – and their influence is growing dramatically under the Biden administration, a veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agent and fentanyl expert tells WND.

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According to a new DEA report, Mexico’s Sinaloa and Jalisco cartels are not only operating fentanyl, methamphetamine and other illicit drug markets in all 50 American states, but they are also taking over the distribution of these substances from local drug dealers and gangs.

“The Sinaloa Cartel is one of Mexico’s oldest criminal organizations, and one of the most violent and prolific polydrug-trafficking cartels in the world,” the report states. Likewise, it reveals, “the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación, or Jalisco Cartel, is one of Mexico’s most powerful and ruthless criminal organizations, and another key driver of fatal drug poisonings in the United States.”

Drug overdose deaths reached 107,543 in the United States in 2023. An estimated 74,202 deaths – nearly 70% – were attributed to synthetic opioids, specifically fentanyl, in 2023. And Derek Maltz, a former head of the DEA’s Special Operations Division, in an interview with WND affirms that Mexican cartels are largely responsible.

On May 25, suspected top assassin of the Sinaloa cartel, Néstor Isidro Pérez Salas, was extradited from Mexico to the United States. He was known as one of the cartel’s sicarios, or contract killers. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said Salas “was responsible for the murder, torture and kidnapping of rivals and witnesses who threatened the cartel’s criminal drug trafficking enterprise.”

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