Coronavirus Freezing Up Finances and Supply Chains for Mexican Cartels

According to a report by InsightCrime, the spread of the coronavirus has taken a massive toll on Mexican cartels and other criminal organizations by drying up their finances and access to various supplies that are normally provided by China.

One such group, La Union de Tepito, specialized in selling counterfeit goods such as clothes and jewelry. However, many of the supplies to make such goods came from China, and trade between the two countries – even illegally – has come to a sudden halt due to the spread of the virus.

Similarly, the Jalisco Cartel can no longer secure the chemical ingredients required to make the drug fentanyl, which are also supplied by China. This is likely to spark price increases of the drugs that are already in Mexico, and will also most likely cause greater conflict between the cartel and its rivals as they compete for customers.

This proves to be one of the few unintended positive consequences of the spread of the coronavirus, which has forced entire nations to go into lockdown and seen entire continents either block travel or be blocked by others, all taken as measures to stop the spread of the Chinese virus.

About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22).

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