After initially denying the presence of fentanyl production in Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has now acknowledged its existence and stated that laboratories manufacturing the drug are frequently destroyed. While admitting that there are producers of fentanyl in Mexico, López Obrador suspects that the majority of the drug does not originate from the country.
Despite this, Mexico recognizes the issue of fentanyl as a problem in the country, and Mexican officials recently met with White House prisoner against fentanyl, Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, to discuss the trafficking of the drug.
The controversy surrounding the recent kidnapping of four murderers in the United States and the proposed designation of cartels as terrorists by the Republican Party has led to tension between the US and Mexico.
López Obrador has emphasized Mexico’s commitment to prevent the production and distribution of fentanyl by organized crime in the country, but has criticized the US for placing all the blame on Mexico. In the past, López Obrador has suggested finding a substitute for fentanyl, and scientists from the National Council of Science and Technology are currently working on this initiative.