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Story Publication logo December 22, 2021

A Rare Look Inside One Mexican Cartel’s Fentanyl Operation, and How the Drug Reaches the U.S.


A top player takes a "PBS NewsHour" crew inside the drug trade and its lawless culture of impunity.

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The opioid epidemic has ravaged the United States, with the drug fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, delivering particularly fatal outcomes. Fentanyl’s high potency combined with its low production cost has allowed powerful Mexican cartels to create and sell the drug in massive quantities. With the support of the Pulitzer Center, special correspondent Monica Villamizar and producer Zach Fannin traveled between the U.S. and Mexico to get a rare look inside these fentanyl operations, revealing the devastating effect the drug has on every community it touches.


Drug Crises


Drug Crises

Drug Crises

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