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Wanted: U.S. offers $5 million for Mexican drug lord Fausto Isidro Meza-Flores

Christian Fernsby |
The United States charged the leader of a Mexican drug organization, promising five million U.S. dollars reward on his capture, the Department of Justice said.

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The reward was for Fausto Isidro Meza-Flores, who allegedly conspired to traffick various kinds of drugs to the United States between 2005 and 2019 and carried a machine gun and destructive device during his operations.

Meza-Flores is believed to be residing in Mexico, and is the leader of Meza-Flores Transnational Criminal Organization, a major drug trafficking organization based in Sinaloa, Mexico, according to the statement.

The case underscored a drug pandemic in the United States, which experts say is fueled by a strong demand from inside the United States.

"We have a drug problem because there are too many people who want to take drugs," said William Kelly, a sociology expert at the University of Texas at Austin.

A common practice of over prescribing opioids is also believed to be a major contributor to the drug pandemic. In September this year, The Department of Justice charged 13 individuals, including 11 physicians for over prescribing opioids.

The alleged conduct resulted in the distribution of more than 17 million pills.

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