Synthetic Drugs

Synthetic drugs are created from man-made chemicals instead of natural ingredients. They include opioids such as fentanyl, as well as methamphetamine, ecstasy and LSD.

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Sonora: Growing Air Corridor for Synthetic Drugs on US-Mexico Border

NEWS / 18 APR 2022

Mexican authorities have intercepted a succession of flights carrying synthetic drugs to the northern state of Sonora, raising questions over whether the border territory is acquiring greater importance as a…

Endless Chemical Innovations Are Killing Thousands of Americans

NEWS / 11 MAR 2022

The US' annual drug report has warned about the continued growth of synthetic drugs, warning of a glut of chemical precursors, and even pre-precursors, for fentanyl coming from China and…

The Three Criminal Fronts Sparking Violence in Sonora, Mexico

NEWS / 7 JAN 2022

Murders have spiked in Mexico's northern state of Sonora, thanks to the volatile mix of a veteran drug trafficker's alleged return, internal disputes within the Sinaloa Cartel, and an offensive…

GameChangers 2021: COVID Chaos, Corruption, Deforestation and Synthetic Drugs

NEWS / 22 DEC 2021

Welcome to InSight Crime’s Criminal  GameChangers 2021, where we highlight the most important trends in organized crime in the Americas over the course of the year.

Synthetic Drugs Flood California Crossing of US-Mexico Border

NEWS / 26 NOV 2021

A record seizure of methamphetamine and fentanyl at a US-Mexico border crossing near San Diego underscores how this corner has become a major smuggling corridor for synthetic drugs.

What Does Massive Fentanyl Seizure Say About US-Mexico Security Relations?

NEWS / 9 NOV 2021

A recent seizure of fentanyl in Mexico has shed further light on the capacity of organized crime groups to mass-produce the deadly synthetic opioid. Still, the timing suggests US officials…

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