El Chapo’s Sinaloa drug cartel bars fentanyl production under penalty of death

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Jorge Fitz-Gibbon
Article date: 
Monday, October 16, 2023
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Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa cartel, once ruled by now-jailed drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, has barred the production of fentanyl — under penalty of death.

The about-face by the narco crew — the main trafficker of the deadly synthetic opioid flooding the US — comes as El Chapo’s kids bow to a mounting law enforcement crackdown on the drug trade, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The order came from the “Chapitos” — the name for Guzman’s sons, who took over the operation.

“In Sinaloa, the sale, manufacture, transport or any kind of business involving the substance known as fentanyl, including the sale of chemical products for its elaboration, is permanently banned,” said one of several banners hung on billboards and overpasses in Culiacan. . . .