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calendar   Tuesday - March 31, 2020

Gee, Too Bad

Drug Cartels Suffering, Raising Prices
Can’t get fentanyl from China right now

The onslaught of the coronavirus has not only sent the global economy tumbling – but it has also hit the black market where it hurts, and Mexican cartels are no exception.

The outbreak of COVID-19 has sent the price of heroin, methamphetamines, and fentanyl soaring as the likes of the Sinaloa cartel and its main rival the Jalisco “New Generation” struggle to obtain the necessary chemicals to make the synthetic drugs, which typically come from China but are now in minimal supply.

“The cartels have suffered from COVID-19 due to the inability to get the regular shipments of synthetic opioids and precursor chemicals for the massive production of meth from China,” Derek Maltz, a former special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Operations Division in New York, told Fox News. “The cartels have continued their production at a slower rate, but the demand seems to be increasing during these times of uncertainty in America. The shutdown of cities in China and travel in and out of China have also negatively impacted the flow of chemicals and drugs to Mexico.”

According to Maltz, the cartels have raised the prices of their products – as much as 400 percent – and “will get through the tough times,” especially since their business is so profitable.

Golly, that’s a terrible shame. And maybe with the borders closed somewhat more, they’re having a harder time smuggling it in as well. Sucks for them. Guess they’ll just have to try and get by with the hundreds of billions in cash they have sitting around.

I don’t think demand is going to decrease one bit. Junkies gotta junk, and will go without food or paying any other bills to spend what money they have on getting high. That’s what addiction means.

Quite a bit more at the link, describing changes to the cartels business model etc. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2020 at 09:08 AM   
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