Washington DC, United States.– President Joe Biden assured this Friday that the illegal flow of the synthetic drug known as fentanyl to the United States has decreased as a result of the diplomatic negotiations he has held with the governments of Mexico and China since mid-November.
Without supporting it with data, Biden referred to a decrease in the flow of fentanyl reaching the United States and which, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is mainly manufactured by the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) using precursors purchased in China.
“I have worked with China and Mexico to stem the flow of fentanyl into the United States and right now it is decreasing,” Biden said this afternoon in a speech at the White House before the US Conference of Mayors, which is holding its annual convention. winter in Washington.
After years of paralysis, Biden held a meeting in November in San Francisco with President Xi Jinping after which China promised to take action against the illegal export of precursors; On the same occasion, Biden agreed with President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on more actions against fentanyl.
In his speech today, Biden did not provide statistics to support his allegations, but so far, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reports that during the current Fiscal Year 2024, the total amount of fentanyl seized in the border with Mexico is 1.4 tons.
According to official data, fentanyl seizures on the border with Mexico exceeded 12.1 tons during Fiscal Year 2023, a figure that represented almost double the 6.3 tons of said synthetic drug seized on the border during the previous Fiscal Year 2022.
In 2022 alone, US health authorities reported that fentanyl imported mainly from Mexico was responsible for more than 75,000 overdose deaths in the US and was the leading cause of death for Americans between 18 and 45 years of age.