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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US Sanctions Reveal CJNG’s Grip on Mexico Port To Move Fentanyl

NEWS / 8 OCT 2021

The United States has sanctioned four suspected members of Mexico’s powerful CJNG cartel, alleging that they controlled drug operations at a Pacific port that is a crucial entry point for…

Brazil's Santa Catarina Becoming Country's MDMA Hub

NEWS / 28 SEP 2021

Authorities have made Brazil's largest ever-seizure of ecstasy in the southern state of Santa Catarina in the latest example of how the production of the synthetic drug is spreading rapidly…

Fentanyl and 2CB, Worrying New Cocktail on Colombia's Party Circuit

NEWS / 20 JUL 2021

A synthetic drug popular in Colombia's party scene was recently found to be laced with the powerful synthetic opioid fentanyl, creating a deadly mix that has not been previously reported…

US Drug Deaths Explode, Fueled by Mexico Production of Synthetics

NEWS / 19 JUL 2021

The United States saw a record toll in drug overdose deaths last year, driven in part by two powerful synthetic drugs mass-produced in Mexico and then smuggled over the border.

Love Honey - The Odd Sexual Stimulant Sweeping Brazil's Party Scene

NEWS / 10 JUL 2021

Brazil has seen its fair share of new synthetic drugs, but the latest hit, known as “love honey,” may be the strangest in a while. And despite being a cultural…

How Mexico's Drug Trade Has Evolved Over a Century

NEWS / 21 JUN 2021

Misconceptions surrounding Mexico's drug trade have long been replicated in popular culture and public discourses.

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