(Bloomberg) — Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Monday his government will not allow the diversion of chemicals sold by private companies to make the heroin and methamphetamine fueling an American drug epidemic and enriching cartels.



Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wearing a suit and tie: Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico's president, speaks during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Lopez Obrador presented a plan to overhaul the nation's $266 billion pension system, seeking to have companies pay more toward employee retirement funds, in a rare display of unity with business leaders.


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Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president, speaks during a news conference at the National Palace in Mexico City, Mexico, on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Lopez Obrador presented a plan to overhaul the nation’s $266 billion pension system, seeking to have companies pay more toward employee retirement funds, in a rare display of unity with business leaders.

The president said his administration would look into the matter after Bloomberg Businessweek found that chemicals legally produced and sold in Mexico by U.S. companies have been easily diverted, on a massive scale, to make two of the main narcotics bound for America’s streets in the last decade.

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