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López Obrador promises to investigate alleged diversion of chemical products to drug trafficking networks

The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has promised that his government will investigate the alleged diversion of chemical products sold by private companies that manufacture heroin and methamphetamine, according to information published by a magazine.

A study by Bloomberg Businessweek traces US companies like Avantor Inc., whose products have been used in drug laboratories in Mexico’s two main heroin-producing regions for the past decade. Another company, Celanese Corp., lost a lot of chemicals in successive kidnappings, equivalent to all methamphetamine agents seized from the U.S. border in 2015 and 2016.

The use of appropriate chemical agents is essential to the manufacture of two of the most widely exported pharmaceuticals to the United States of America. The most common substance would be acetic anhydride, which is needed to make heroin and was also used in Mexico to make industrial quantities of methamphetamine.

López Obrador promises to investigate alleged diversion of chemical products to drug trafficking networks
López Obrador promises to investigate alleged diversion of chemical products to drug trafficking networks

“It doesn’t matter whether it is a US company,” warned López Obrador at a press conference. “They can come from anywhere in the world, but we will not allow it,” has decided the Mexican President, who has promised to check the details of the publication with the care not to “interfere” with the US political campaign.

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