The U.S. Justice Depart has called their latest major milestone a landmark case in their battle against fentanyl. Fox 9 News reported that 21 people have been charged for running a drug traffic ring, two of which are the first Chinese based fentanyl manufacturers and distributors designated as Consolidation Priority Organisation Targets (CPOTs). CPOT designations mean that these Chinese citizens had a command and control element in the largest international drug trafficking and money laundering organisations. However, whilst charged the accused organisers are not yet in custody but believed to be in China.
According to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the accused had been using the Internet to sell fentanyl and fentanyl analogues, whilst at least two Chinese chemical plants were in operation to produce large quantities of the dangerous drug. Multiple names, company identities and crypto currency transactions had been used to disguise and sell fentanyl throughout America. The organised overseas crime group monitored U.S legislations and law enforcement activities, changing their fentanyl chemical structure regularly to evade prosecution.
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The U.S Centre for Disease Control has estimated that fentanyl caused the death of over 20,000 Americans in 2016, a number which continues to rise dramatically. President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency as opioid use has been described as a “September 11th every three weeks” daily killing approximately 142 Americans. DEA program, The National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) revealed that laboratories testing positive for fentanyl had drastic increased from 15,209 in 2015 to 31,700 in 2016. The U.S are working closely with their colleagues in China and other countries to stem the fentanyl flow.
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