Has Chinese Fentanyl Into the US Been Stopped?

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In October 2017, two Chinese men—Xiaobing Yan and Jian Zhang—were indicted for conspiring to manufacture and distribute “large quantities” of fentanyl and fentanyl analogs in the United States. Although they used multiple names and company identities over a period of six years, investigators were able to trace the fentanyl shipments back to four clandestine labs and two chemical plants in China.

It was the first known indictment of Chinese nationals for the production of fentanyl, but it told a deeper and more troubling story about the chemical industry in China: that it could and would adapt as fast as the market it services.

Hopefully there will be more and deeper in roads into illegal drug supplies but the data is not encouraging.

 

 

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