Objectives of the anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico

Unofficial sources confirm that an anti-fentanyl commando group has been created in Mexico to combat producers of the drug.

Although the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) has not yet confirmed it, the US Department of Justice announced that the United States is providing training for an anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico.

Fentanyl is a narcotic that causes tens of thousands of deaths annually in the US and is mainly produced in Mexico.

The creation of the anti-fentanyl task force in Mexico was confirmed by Arthur Wyatt, head of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Section of the Drug Enforcement Administration, who in an interview with Milenio revealed that the first two training sessions for federal prosecutors were held in October and December 2023.

According to Wyatt, those who will receive such training from the anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico are personnel assigned to the Special Prosecutor’s Office for Organized Crime (FEMDO), which is in charge of investigating and combating crimes related to organized crime.

Objectives of the anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico

The strategy with the anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico consists, among other things, of providing information, leads and intelligence from U.S. cases, with which FGR agents will gain more experience.

“The idea has been to support this unit with information leads developed from cases in the United States so that they can follow those organizations here and those investigations,” the official explained.


According to the US official, the creation of this new FGR unit and its participation in the training of its personnel is also helpful for the US, since they have acquired information on the situation that authorities are facing in the fight against fentanyl production in Sinaloa, Chihuahua and Baja California.

Likewise, he reiterated that the production and distribution of this synthetic opioid represents a great effort for both countries, as it is difficult to trace.

“These drugs are no longer like cocaine and heroin, organic drugs that we knew where they grew, we could see satellite images, we could follow the course of their transpiration through the Caribbean and Central America. We had a pretty extensive knowledge of those drugs,” he added.

The anti-fentanyl commando group in Mexico seeks to directly attack the manufacturing points of this opioid chemical.

In Mexico, fentanyl is produced and trafficked primarily by two criminal organizations: the Sinaloa Cartel and the Jalisco Cartel – New Generation (CJNG).

These two groups have an extensive production and distribution network that allows them to manage the manufacture of fentanyl and its trafficking to markets primarily in the United States.

However, US judicial reports also hold the New Michoacan Family, led by the Hurtado Olascoaga brothers, responsible.

Fentanyl is a synthetic drug is a laboratory-produced chemical that mimics or alters the effects of natural drugs. These chemical compounds are designed to evade legal restrictions by slightly modifying the structures of controlled substances.

They can present significant health risks due to their high potency and unpredictable effects.

Synthetic drugs include several categories such as synthetic cannabinoids, amphetamine-type stimulants, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, among others.

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