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An alleged drug kingpin for El Chapo’s criminal empire has been arrested in an army crackdown.
Angel Daniel N, known as El Dany, was tracked down by Mexican troops and the National Guard in the city of Culiacan in the Mexican state of Sinaloa on August 8.
El Dany allegedly headed up the production and distribution of synthetic drug fentanyl for the Sinaloa Cartel.
He ensured the drugs were shipped to the US, Europe, Australia and Africa, it is claimed.
Law enforcement officials said in a statement: “With these actions, the Government of the Republic reaffirms its commitment to ensure and safeguard the well-being of citizens, contributing to the projects implemented by the Government of Mexico to guarantee the peace and security of Mexicans, acting against all criminal groups without any distinction.”
Mexican drug gangs – including Chapo’s Sinaloa Cartel – have focused more on fentanyl in recent years, as it is cheaper than heroin and easier to produce.
It is 50 to 100 times stronger than the opioid and is typically used to treat hospital patients with severe pain.
Earlier this year, Daily Star Online revealed that Mexican cartels have hired chemists in a bid to manufacture more drugs – as the coronavirus lockdown cripples their business.
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Vendors in Wuhan previously shipped huge quantities of chemicals around the world, including the ingredients necessary to create fentanyl and other synthetic opioids.
But the Chinese exports dried up dramatically in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.
The gangs’ ability to traffick drugs into the country and strike deals in the US has also been hampered.
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Robert Almonte, cartel expert and former US federal marshal, said: “The fentanyl dried up … and they’re having difficulty getting their hands on the necessary chemicals to manufacture methamphetamines and fentanyl.
“My understanding, information I’ve received is that some of the cartels have even been stockpiling some of the methamphetamines and fentanyl they have right now.
He added: “In addition, some of the cartels have actually hired chemists and trying to get the chemists to develop the chemicals necessary to manufacture methamphetamines and fentanyl.”
Chapo was sentenced to life imprisonment in the US last year after being found guilty of trafficking tonnes of cocaine, heroin and marijuana while head of the cartel.
- El Chapo
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