“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.
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“We see this not only as a template for Oregon but for the rest of the country and the world."