Stats Reveal That Drug Trafficking Is Widespread, Despite Biden’s Pledge To Stop It

( — Data shows that illicit drug trafficking continues to be a problem for the country despite President Biden’s vow to put a stop to it.

Two years ago, the president announced his administration’s National Drug Control Strategy that aimed to strengthen the ability of US law enforcement to target drug traffickers while also tackling untreated drug addiction in the country.

The White House boasted in its press release that the plan would prioritize transnational criminal organizations in a “targeted response” that would go after the drug traffickers’ money.

However, the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a May report that the two most powerful Mexican drug cartels, Jalisco and Sinaloa, had eliminated much of the competition and consolidated the worldwide drug trafficking trade.

According to US officials, the Jalisco and Sinaloa cartels are responsible for at least 200 fentanyl overdose deaths in the United States each day.

The DEA found that in the first half of 2023, roughly 38,000 overdose deaths were linked to fentanyl trafficked by the Mexican cartels. The synthetic opioid, along with methamphetamine, enter the United States from the southern border and have impacted multiple states, including Mississippi, Florida, and Wyoming.

The Department of Justice last month announced multiple indictments against so-called “underground bankers” in China who are laundering the Sinaloa cartel’s drug profits by using wealthy Chinese nationals seeking to transfer their assets to the US but who are limited by the Chinese government.

More than $50 million in drug profits have been laundered for the Sinaloa cartel through the scheme.

The Sinaloa cartel also acquires much of the chemicals it uses to manufacture synthetic drugs like fentanyl from labs in China.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, fentanyl is the country’s “greatest and most urgent drug threat.”

In its 2024 national drug threat assessment, the DEA said that over the past two years, the amount of fentanyl powder seized in the US had doubled, with roughly 29,048 pounds of fentanyl seized in the first half of 2023.

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