U.S. indicts major Chinese traffickers for selling fentanyl online

Daily News Article - October 19, 2017


1. Define the following as used in the article.
-indicted / indictment

2. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

3. a) What is fentanyl used for?
b) How much more powerful is this drug than heroin? Than morphine?
c) How many Americans died from fentanyl in 2016?

4. What does the U.S. Department of Justice believe to be true about fentanyl production?

5. Why haven’t Yan and Zhang yet been arrested?

6. How has the Chinese government responded to the indictment of Chinese citizens?

7. In December 2016, the Chinese government disputed the U.S.’s assertion it is the top source of fentanyl. Today, the U.S. has the evidence, but the Chinese are still unwilling to act.

From a Dec. 16 article:

U.S. assertions that China is the top source of the synthetic opioids that have killed thousands of drug users in the U.S. and Canada are unsubstantiated, Chinese officials told The Associated Press.

Both the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy point to China as North America’s main source of fentanyl, related drugs and the chemicals used to make them.

Such statements “lack the support of sufficient numbers of actual, confirmed cases,” China’s National Narcotics Control Commission told the DEA’s Beijing office in a fax dated Friday.

In its letter, which the commission also sent to the AP, Chinese officials urged the U.S. to provide more evidence about China’s role as a source country.

DEA officials said their casework and investigations consistently lead back to China. DEA data also shows that when China regulates synthetic drugs, U.S. seizures plunge.

Beijing is concerned enough about international perceptions of China’s role in the opioid trade that after AP published investigations highlighting the easy availability of fentanyl online from Chinese suppliers, [China’s] Narcotics Commission made a rare invitation to a team of AP journalists to discuss the issue at the [Communist government’s] powerful Ministry of Public Security…in Beijing.

a) What can the Trump administration do to force China to crack down / eliminate the production of fentanyl in China?

b) Ask a parent the same question.