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The head of Mexico's detective service says his country is the 'champion' of fentanyl production

MEXICO CITY - The head of Mexico's detective service acknowledged Tuesday that the country is ''the champion'' of fentanyl production, something that appears to run counter to past statements by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

López Obrador has hotly denied in the past that any fentanyl is produced in Mexico, saying Mexican cartels only press it into pills or add finishing touches.

But Felipe de Jesus Gallo, the head of Mexico's Criminal Investigation Agency, said that since the 1990s ''Mexico has been the champion of methamphetamine production, and now fentanyl.'' He spoke at a U.S.-Mexico conference on synthetic drugs in Mexico City.


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