Posted: Tuesday, May 30, 2023. 9:41 am CST.
By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The United States Treasury Department has announced sanctions on 7 entities and 6 people based in China and 1 business and 3 people in Mexico, Reuters report.
The United States continues to crackdown on those enabling counterfeit and fentanyl-laced pill production.
The U.S. accuses those targeted of being involved in the sale of the deadly drug and the sale of equipment used to impress counterfeit trade markings onto illicitly produced pills.
“Treasury’s sanctions target every stage of the deadly supply chain fueling the surge in fentanyl poisonings and deaths across the country,” the Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Brian Nelson stated.
“Counterfeit pills laced with fentanyl constitute a leading cause of these deaths, devastating thousands of American families each year. We remain committed to using all authorities against enablers of illicit drug production to disrupt this deadly global production and counter the threat posed by these drugs,” he added.
Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine, and has increasingly been mixed with other illicit drugs often with lethal results.
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