Mexico seizes 2nd lot of fentanyl in medical capsules

In a sign that Mexican traffickers may be having a harder time getting their hands on fentanyl, Mexican police seized a second shipment of medicinal fentanyl iapparently diverted from a domestic lab, pharmacy or hospital

Sniffer dogs detected 240 glass ampules of fentanyl in a styrofoam cooler addressed to someone in the city of Culiacan, the capital of Sinaloa state. Sinaloa is home to the drug cartel of the same name.

The presentation, in glass ampules, is generally used by doctors to inject fentanyl as a pain reliever. Traffickers are generally more interested in powdered forms of the drug they can cut and press into pills.

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report in March that “there are reports that the reduction in trade from South-East Asia has limited the supply of chemical precursors in Mexico, where it seems to have disrupted the manufacture of methamphetamine and fentanyl.”

Each of the ampules seized Monday contain only a small amount of fentanyl, but the drug is many times stronger than heroin.

It was the second such seizure in Mexico since the pandemic lockdown began here in March. In May, Guard members seized a similar shipment of 60 fentanyl ampules in the north-central state of Queretaro.