Crime & Justice

Mexico, US agree to dismantle cartels, arms trafficking and fentanyl

Mexico City, Apr 13 (EFE).- The governments of Mexico and the United States have agreed to step up work to dismantle the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation (CJNG) cartels, as well as the illegal trafficking of fentanyl and firearms across the border.

“The United States and Mexico committed to continue joint work to dismantle the fentanyl supply chain and the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel on both sides of the border,” said a joint Joint Statement from Mexico and the United States on the Implementation of the U.S.-Mexico Bicentennial Framework for Security, Public Health, and Safe Communities on Thursday.

In this regard, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said in a video message on Twitter that the main aim of the meeting was “to drastically reduce the flow of chemical precursors to Mexico and the United States that come by air and sea and that facilitate the production of a substance that has been called fentanyl.”

He added that this drug “is consumed, most of all, in the United States at this time,” among accusations by the US government that Mexico is a producer of this drug.

The document signed by the two nations said the Mexican delegation will create a presidential commission to fight the trafficking of synthetic, illicit drugs, firearms and ammunition.

“This special working group will improve coordination among Mexico’s federal government entities to support the investigation and arrest of individuals involved in the production and trafficking of fentanyl,” it said.

The two governments also agreed during the meeting in Washington DC to increase cooperation against trafficking of illegal firearms between the two nations.

The US Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are deploying new authorities from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act to target southbound firearms flows and working with Mexican counterparts to increase firearms tracing to identify and choke off the source of firearms flows into Mexico, it said.

Both governments also made a commitment to crackdown on the use of fentanyl and other drugs through a public awareness campaign to educate people about the dangers of synthetic drugs, including fentanyl.. EFE


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