Some chemicals and drug ingredients from China are in short supply.
Drug cartels may lose as much as $5 billion from the coronavirus.
Global COVID-19 infections topped 1 million on April 2, 2020.
President Donald Trump is deploying the military to stop the illegal drug trade.
(NewsReady.com) – COVID-19 is rapidly spreading throughout the world. The virus is leaving devastated businesses in its wake. Not just legitimate ones, though. It turns out, the coronavirus is dealing a serious blow to Mexican drug cartels, too.
The trouble started when Chinese factories began closing, leading to a shortage of the chemicals cartels need to manufacture illicit drugs. Then, President Donald Trump announced plans to hit their delivery system. Finally, the virus hasn’t slowed down the construction of the border wall. The bad news just keeps rolling in for these criminal organizations.
Where’d All the Supplies Go?
Many Chinese factories have closed temporarily while the country struggles to get the pandemic under control. As a result, supply chains are suffering. In the case of drug cartels in Mexico, it’s causing a big problem.
Many of the synthetic materials cartels use to make illicit drugs come from China. Now, they can’t find large supplies of the chemicals they need to make methamphetamine, fentanyl and other drugs. The break in their supply chain has led to an increase in price for the narcotics.
Derek Maltz, a former DEA agent in charge of the Special Operations Division in New York, said the “shutdown of cities in China and travel” has hurt the “flow of chemicals and drugs to Mexico.” The Sinaloa Cartel, which Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán used to head, was hit especially hard since it’s allegedly responsible for 90% of the synthetic narcotics that enter the US.
The loss of revenue for the cartels may be as high as $5 billion this year.
Pentagon Goes On The Attack
At a press conference on April 1, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military is being deployed to stop the drug trade. The Pentagon sent thousands of troops from the Army, Air Force, National Guard and Navy to stop illegal narcotics from coming into the US from the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea.
#COVID19 will not stop the @DeptofDefense from protecting the American people from illegal drugs. At the direction of the @POTUS, additional U.S. ships, aircraft, and security forces are underway to disrupt narcotics trafficking. pic.twitter.com/BFTbxqcFGn
— @EsperDoD (@EsperDoD) April 1, 2020
At the press conference, General Mark Milley said intelligence surfaced that cartels were going to attempt to use the COVID-19 crisis to bring more drugs into America. He went on to warn drug kingpins that they “will not penetrate this country.”
Build That Wall!
The president has also continued with the construction of the border wall between Mexico and the US. Not only will it stop people who may have the coronavirus from entering illegally, it’ll help stem the flow of narcotics into the country as well.
The whole world is reeling from the impact of the virus. Almost every effect is negative. Losing people to the infection is not something anyone wants. The economic consequences are also awful.
Damage to drug cartels? Not so much. Hopefully, the virus will cripple their operations — for good.
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