China car­fen­tanil trade thrives as seizures top 400 in US

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

Seizures of the deadly chem­i­cal car­fen­tanil have ex­ploded across the United States, with more than 400 cases doc­u­mented in eight states since July alone, The As­so­ci­ated Press has found.

Fueled by a thriv­ing trade out of China, the weapons-grade chem­i­cal is sus­pected in hun­dreds of drug over­doses in the U.S. and Canada. An AP in­ves­ti­ga­tion last month showed how eas­ily car­fen­tanil can be pur­chased on­line from China. Of the 12 com­pa­nies ini­tially of­fer­ing to ex­port car­fen­tanil around the world, just three have stopped since the re­port was re­leased. Nine still of­fer car­fen­tanil for sale, no ques­tions asked. The AP iden­ti­fied four other com­pa­nies will­ing to sell the drug, some claim­ing U.S. ad­dresses.

Jilin Tely Im­port and Ex­port Co. ini­tially boasted in an email that car­fen­tanil was one of its “hot sales prod­uct.” Af­ter be­ing named in AP’s story, the com­pany web­site van­ished; it de­nied ever pro­duc­ing car­fen­tanil.

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