Mexico security forces’ seizures of fentanyl rise by 486% this year

  • Officials say synthetic opioids easier to produce and smuggle
  • Drug labs have doubled from 91 last year to 175 in 2020

Seizures of the synthetic opioid fentanyl by Mexican security forces have increased by at least 486% in 2020, the country’s defence secretary has announced.

Mexico’s military and police forces seized an estimated 1.3 tons of the synthetic opioid this year, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019.

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