Mexican President Says Country Doesn’t Make Fentanyl

Mexican President Blames U.S. for Fentanyl Crisis

( – The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, expressed his anger with Republican lawmakers at a press conference on Thursday, March 9th, 2023, when he responded to their suggestions to use the military to destroy facilities in Mexico that manufacture fentanyl. He even went so far as to say that he would campaign against Republicans, encouraging Hispanics to refrain from voting for them in the U.S. elections. President Obrador stated that threatening military intervention is “an offense to the people of Mexico.”

President López Obrador also claimed that fentanyl is not manufactured or used in Mexico, asking, “Why don’t they (the United States) take care of their problem of social decay?” However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), has determined that the ingredients for fentanyl come to Mexico from China, where they are then manufactured and trafficked by the Sinaloa and CJNG Cartels into the United States. One day after the press conference, over one million fentanyl pills were seized from three Mexican nationals by the DEA in Los Angeles, California.

The fentanyl crisis is severe, with more than 150 people dying from the use of opioids like fentanyl on a daily basis, according to statistics reported by the CDC. Many activists who have lost family members from the drug are setting the record straight on labeling some deaths as overdoses because people think they are taking a Percocet or a Xanax that is really laced with a lethal amount of fentanyl. Rebecca Kiessling, a mother who lost both of her sons to fentanyl poisoning on the same day, maintains that her sons were murdered because they thought they were taking a Percocet and ended up dead. Kiessling testified in February 2022 before the House Committee on Homeland Security, urging action to be taken to save lives.

President López Obrador recently thanked President Biden in January 2023 at the North American Leaders’ Summit for his decision not to build any more border wall, while also calling for amnesty for Mexican citizens who illegally enter the United States.

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