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[Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Control and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield:] Fentanyl, by our assessment, is now being trafficked into the United States by the same trafficking organizations that move heroin and opioids, as well as cocaine, into the United States of America… What we see happening for the most part is fentanyl coming in, in its raw form, from Asian production, a great deal of which is still in China. It processes through Mexico, where it enters into their trafficking stream, as they are moving heroin, some synthetics, and cocaine north into the United States and further north into Canada.
Ambassador William R. Brownfield, Briefing on the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (Washington: U.S. Department of State, March 2, 2017) <>.