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Is fentanyl behind the LeBarón massacre?
Northern Mexico has been besieged by crime after drug trafficking to the U.S. increased - Photo: Sue Ogrocki/AP

Is fentanyl behind the LeBarón massacre?

07/11/2019
11:40
Mexico City
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Is fentanyl behind the LeBarón massacre?

We've been told the Mormon community that inhabits the border between Sonora and Chihuahua was in the middle of a bloody battle between La Línea cartel and Los Salazar cartel and that the war between them has worsened after the boom generated by fentanyl trafficking to the U.S. Former security officials who worked for the previous administration explain that the real issue in northern Mexico is the dispute to control the border with Arizona to traffic opioids. The Attorney General's Office has named the Sonora-Arizona border as one of the 13 fentanyl trafficking routes to the U.S. So it seems like the LeBarón family was the victim of the opioid crisis in the U.S., the arms trafficked from the U.S. to Mexico, and as well as the lack of control Mexican authorities have of its territory. These are the three reasons behind the murder of the LeBarón family and thousands of Mexicans and U.S. citizens.

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