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Mexico launches on-line platform for dual-use precursors


MEXICO CITY — The Mexican authorities introduced a web-based platform Thursday that it claims will permit authorities to trace the importation and consumption so-called “dual-use” precursor chemical substances which are usually used to make artificial medication like meth and fentanyl.

Mexico is the most important provider of such medication to the U.S. market, and a lot of Mexican corporations have misplaced shipments of chemical substances like ephedrine, benzene or ammonium chloride to theft, or offered them to entrance corporations utilized by drug cartels.

Twin-use precursors are chemical substances which are each used to supply medication, and have a reputable use in making cosmetics, family cleansing merchandise or different industries. Whereas they’d lengthy been “flagged” for particular supervision in Mexico, the system was riddled by laxness and corruption.

Alejandro Svarch, the top of Mexico’s well being and drug regulatory company, COFEPRIS, cited “acts of corruption and misuse of drugs” in his company in earlier years.

“In an obscure archive … there was a discretional use, with no accountability, of imports of shipments of assorted chemical substances with the intent of producing, in lots of circumstances, illicit substances,” Svarch mentioned.

Actually, of the six Mexican distribution corporations listed by the federal government as licensed to deal in such substances, two have had their actions suspended for “irregularities,” one was closed quickly and one closed definitively.

Of the remaining two Mexican corporations, one is beneath investigation by the nation’s anti-money laundering company, and had its financial institution accounts frozen till early this yr.

Svarch mentioned the brand new system will permit shipments to be traced and to confirm how they’re used.

The brand new system was designed along side the Mexican Navy, which has been given management of customs inspection at Mexico’s seaports. The Navy additionally performed a job in raiding the primary places of work of the Cofepris company and rooting out corruption there.

Svarch didn’t clarify how the brand new system will forestall the chemical substances — a lot of that are liquids — from ‘leaking’ out of reputable warehouses, however mentioned a QR code can be connected to shipments.

Mexico has established a listing of 72 chemical substances requiring particular permits and dealing with, starting from shut precursors like piperidone and P2P, to extra general-use substances like acetic acid and iodine.

It’s unclear whether or not such measures can cease Mexican cartels, who’ve constructed industrial-scale laboratories to make meth and fentanyl, skilled chemists to supply them and have demonstrated a capability to modify formulation when sure components turn into scarce.

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