From Cape Town to Melbourne, a new breed of semi-synthetic meth has become an export bonanza for the world's biggest opium producer.
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Agency experts tell VICE World News that China and Mexico are not doing enough to help stem the global trade in the chemicals used to make fentanyl and meth.
An excess of drugs in the Golden Triangle region due to COVID export restrictions has led to an increase in meth use among young people and workers.
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“While the world has shifted its attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, all indications are that production and trafficking of synthetic drugs and chemicals continue at record levels.”
“They're supplying them through the same exact supply chain, through the same exact marketing mechanisms, that they have with illicit drugs for a long time.”
The chemicals used for manufacturing meth and fentanyl are mainly sourced in China, and cartels in Mexico are running low.
The pandemic has slowed the production and export of chemicals from China to Mexico, for onward smuggling into the U.S.