On 2 November, Insight Crime said that a UNODC report has reported that organised crime groups in Latin America continue to expand into illicit synthetic drug production, including mass manufacturing of methamphetamine and fentanyl in Mexico, and experiments with synthesising party drugs in Brazil. Groups are said to be ramping up the smuggling of synthetic drugs alongside cocaine, and a plethora of new compounds are being ordered online and delivered by mail. It also notes that, since 2019, at least 19 alleged Mexican methamphetamine “cooks” have been arrested in Belgium and the Netherlands, spreading their expertise.
The UN Office of Drugs and Crime report is at –
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