How The Wild Success Of A Shanghai-Based Drug-Trafficking Syndicate Contributed To U.S. Opioid Crisis
The Chinese syndicate's laboratory churned out 16 tons of illicit chemicals a month. U.S. officials say that China needs to take action to shut down the pipeline from the organization into the United States.
Los Angeles Times:
Fentanyl Smuggled From China Is Killing Thousands Of Americans
The Zheng drug trafficking organization was hardly clandestine. The Shanghai-based network sold synthetic narcotics, including deadly fentanyl, on websites posted in 35 languages, from Arabic and English to Icelandic and Uzbek. The Chinese syndicate bragged that its laboratory could “synthesize nearly any” drug and that it churned out 16 tons of illicit chemicals a month. The group was so adept at smuggling, and so brazen in its marketing, that it offered a money-back guarantee to buyers if its goods were seized by U.S. or other customs agents. (Wilber, 10/19)