China carfentanil trade thrives as seizures top 400 in US
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.