Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has penned and sent out a letter addressed to officials in China asking for Beijing’s assistance in stopping the tidal flood of fentanyl that is flowing through Mexico.
Lopez Obrador stated as part of a recent news conference that he had written directly to the Chinese in the wake of U.S. officials encouraging him to speak to Beijing during a recent visit. The Mexican president also lashed at the U.S., as reported by the Associated Press.
He made several complaints in his letter about the United States and the “rude threats” issued by a few U.S. officials that they could classify Mexican drug cartels as terror groups.
“We come to you, President Xi Jinping, not to ask for your support in the face of these rude threats, but to request that for humanitarian reasons, you help us control shipments of fentanyl that can be sent from China to our country,” stated the Mexican president, reading a quote from his letter sent to China.
“Unjustly, they are blaming us for problems that in large measure have to do with their loss of values, their welfare crisis,” he exclaimed. “These positions are in themselves a lack of respect and a threat to our sovereignty, and moreover they are based on an absurd, manipulative, propagandistic and demagogic attitude.”
In past statements, Lopez Obrador was quite insistent that absolutely zero fentanyl flooding across U.S. communities was made in Mexico. Just last month, Lopez Obrador put the blame of the U.S. drug problem on a “lack of hugs.”
“There is a lot of disintegration of families, there is a lot of individualism, there is a lack of love, of brotherhood, of hugs and embraces,” exclaimed López Obrador. “That is why they (U.S. officials) should be dedicating funds to address the causes.”
Multiple millions of dollar-worth of pills contaminated with Fentanyl have been trafficked into the U.S. from Mexico every year, as reported by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Most of that stems from drug labs run by two of the most violent and influential cartels in Mexico, the Sinaloa and the New Generation Jalisco.
Despite the fact that the cartels run the drug trade across the border, the vast majority of the fentanyl that filters through cartel labs is made in China. Chinese drug companies send out stagging levels of fentanyl precursor drugs to the cartels in Mexico where they then form pills out of it.