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Mexico Drug Seizures Soared in 2020, Led by Almost 500% Rise in Opioid Smuggling

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Military and police forces said at year's end that they had seized an estimated 1.3 tons of synthetic opioid, compared to 222 kilograms in 2019.

Luis Cresencio Sandoval, the country’s defense secretary, said the increase was due to the fact that synthetic drugs like methamphetamines and fentanyl are easier to produce and traffic and are more highly addictive than other drugs.

“Demand is . . .

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