(TheIndependentStar.com) – In a technically positive development that will anger any decent American, a Mexican drug cartel, rather than Joe Biden, is cracking down on the deadly fentanyl drug, as it becomes clear the nation is increasingly at the mercy and goodwill of vicious foreign criminals.
The Sinaloa cartel, one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations, has banned its operatives from the production of fentanyl, a highly lethal addition to other drugs, under penalty of death, The New York Post reports.
Sinaloa was led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, who is now jailed in a top security prison in Colorado.
The order banning fentanyl has come from his sons, the “Chapitos,” who are now in charge of the cartel.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Sinaloa’s anti-fentanyl crackdown is reportedly a response by El Chapo’s offspring to increasing pressure from law enforcement targeting their drug operations.
The order is conveyed in banners on billboards and overpasses in Culiacan, a city of 800,000 people in Northwestern Mexico.
“In Sinaloa, the sale, manufacture, transport or any kind of business involving the substance known as fentanyl, including the sale of chemical products for its elaboration, is permanently banned. You have been warned. Sincerely yours, the Chapitos,” the message reads.
According to the report, however, US law enforcement remains dubious regarding Sinaloa’s sudden policy shift.
They anticipate that the prohibition may not substantially disrupt the fentanyl market and even speculate it could amplify heroin and cocaine trafficking.
“In the aggregate, it won’t mean anything. They think if they do this, they won’t take as much heat,” an anonymous US official told The Journal.
To underscore their new stance, the cartel recently left a macabre sign: three corpses strewn with blue fentanyl pills on Culiacan’s outskirts, signaling that the Chapitos are resolute in enforcing this directive.
Meanwhile, approximately twelve individuals have been abducted in Sinaloa over the past ten days. The majority are believed to have ties to the region’s fentanyl business.
“We believe these kidnappings and disappearances are linked to the ban on fentanyl because their relatives have been presented formal complaints to authorities,” comments Michael Angel Murillo, a human rights advocate affiliated with the Sinaloa Civic Front.