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Is North Korea Behind U.S. Fentanyl Deaths?

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Saturday, November 20, 2021

Fentanyl-laced marijuana has been found in Connecticut.

This is yet ANOTHER damn good reason to:
1.) Legalize;
2.) Tax, and;
3.) Regulate
cannabis — 100%, for Adult Recreational, and Medical Use.

It should be noted, that in Connecticut, Adult Recreational Use of cannabis (aka “marijuana”) is legal, and like in every other state where it is legal, in one form, or another (as Adult Recreational and/or Medical), is subject to rigorous testing and held to the highest standards… no pun intended.
See: https://portal.ct.gov/cannabis/

The fentanyl-laced marijuana was purchased on the black market, which much like illegally-produced liquor during Prohibition, also caused death, and blindness. Now, home-based beer and wine production, along with distilling and entrepreneurship in spirituous beverage production, is legal nation-wide, and such problems are exceedingly rare.

“This is the first lab-confirmed case of marijuana with fentanyl in Connecticut and possibly the first confirmed case in the United States.”

— Dr. Manisha Juthani, MD, Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner

The Connecticut Overdose Response Strategy (CT ORS) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health, Office of Emergency Medical Services, have recently received reports of overdose patients who have exhibited opioid overdose symptoms and required naloxone for revival. These patients denied any opioid use and claimed to have only smoked marijuana.

Recent incidents where only marijuana use was reported but naloxone was required.

• July 2021 – 11 cases
• August 2021 – 9 cases
• September 2021 – 9 cases
• October 1 – 26, 2021 – 10 cases

The reported incidents were dispersed across Connecticut. Several jurisdictions had multiple overdoses with opioid symptoms attributed to marijuana, however, no pattern was detected. In early October 2021, Plymouth, CT, had several overdose incidents where naloxone was required for revival and patients claimed to have only smoked marijuana. At one of these overdose scenes, Plymouth Police Department was able to secure a sample of the marijuana for testing at the state laboratory, which tested positive for fentanyl.

A legal marijuana crop in Uruguay.

But here’s the kicker:
How long before black market fentanyl-laced marijuana makes its way down South, or to other areas of the nation?

And here’s another thought:

EVERYBODY who’s been paying attention knows how lethal fentanyl is, and the numerous deaths that are arising from its deliberate contamination in other street drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, and now, cannabis. And, for a person/group in such a “business” would have to be a fool to distribute a substance that they knew would kill their clientele. It’s just bad for business to destroy your customer base. So, why would any one in their proper mind do that, eh?

I submit to you that NO narcotrafficking cartel would even stoop that low, or be that stupid, to eliminate their customers.

And so, if it’s not a narcotrafficking cartel, who could it be?

It’s just my opinion, of course, but consider the possibility that it actually –might– be America’s enemies, like North Korea, Russia, China, etc. It’d be a fantastic way to eliminate your enemy little-by-little, inch-by-inch, and in that process, demoralize their resolve, and divert resources.

I continue to maintain, for example, that the consistently continual drip-drip-drip of “disinformation” of various types — from political, to medical (never in our history have we ever had a domestic fight over vaccines against deadly diseases) — and the promulgation of lies dispersed upon SoMe (Social Media) is is fostered, facilitated, and furthered, by those companies’ greed (FB most notably), and compounded by Congress’ lackadaisical attitude, and do-nothing behavior toward eschewing any form of regulation of the behemoths… even AFTER they have been KNOWINGLY found to have participated in, aided and abetted foreign governments and their agents who sought to — and did — manipulate U.S. Federal elections.

We KNOW for a hard-cold-fact, for example, that North Korea for many years — at least since the 1990’s — has been involved in not only the clandestine illicit shipments of precursor chemicals of methamphetamine, but its open, state-sponsored manufacture in that nation, whose citizens see its use as trendy, and cool. The DPRK government, of course, denies all such claims, reports of which have been made by numerous reputably reliable agencies, including Radio Free Asia [read their news report here] (an independent subsidiary news reporting bureau/organization of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, and like Voice of America a wholly independent and autonomous U.S. government-funded agency promoting liberty), and researchers at the NGO (Non-Governmental Organization) Database Center for North Korean Human Rights in Seoul, South Korea  the University of Missouri (aka “Mizzou”) and Kookmin University in Seoul, which all say the use of crystal meth in North Korea is as commonplace as smoking cigarettes, along with the practice of gifting of crystal meth (knowledge of production which is equally widespread, making it a practical national cottage industry), especially around the lunar new year, which occurs around January/February.

Reports from interviews with defectors who independently attest to the abundance of crystal meth in North Korea, and its widespread use, have been independently corroborated by several groups, such as the Washington, D.C. think-tank Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, the University of Sydney in Australia, Angelo State University in Texas, the independent non-profit think-tank Brookings InstitutionNorth Korea Review – a peer-reviewed journal of the Yonsei Institute of North Korean Studies in collaboration with the University of Detroit Mercy and Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea sponsored by the Asia Research Fund, along with the U.S. Department of State’s North Korea Working Group, have all independently found that North Korea profits from illegal activity, to include counterfeiting legitimate pharmaceuticals, to the manufacture of street drugs.

State-sponsored production of crystal meth in the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) has, since the mid-2000’s, declined, but has not stopped. In fact, the North Korean military collaborates with Japanese organized crime syndicates such as Yakuza, or other organized crime groups in Malaysia, in order to distribute illicit substances globally, thereby profiting from them, and giving them a thing they have a significant shortage of in North Korea — hard currency. Compounding that problem is the similarly well-known use of their diplomatic corps to launder money by depositing the proceeds of criminal activity into banks in the nations where the officials are stationed. It’s the only reason why North Korea has survived, despite being a closed society with numerous international economic sanctions, and there are no signs of abatement of such illicit activities, nor of impending national collapse.

As further evidence of the DPRK’s criminal enterprising to obtain hard currency, consider that North Korea manufactured very-high-quality counterfeit US$100 bills which the U.S. Treasury Department called “supernotes,” which activity had been ongoing since at least the early-to-mid-1990s and forced the Treasury to change the paper formulation, and include holographic images on the authentic notes in the early 2000’s.

And, rest assured, Kim Jong-un (whose path to power flows like a river with blood, and most likely killed his father Kim Jong Il, and uncle Jang Song-thaek, along with his entire family, and well over 300 government officials at various levels since 2016) is North Korea’s all-powerful chief criminal entrepreneur, directing, channeling, and controlling the flow of illicit substances, precursor chemicals, and more; and as a ruthless mafioso-like don, rules with an iron fist, and issues death decrees like Halloween candy, if he feels crossed.

North Korea’s involvement in, production and distribution of, illicit substances goes as far back to the 1970’s when that government sponsored poppy farms in order to produce and export heroin, which crops, licit and illicit, natural and agricultural disasters destroyed. The change to chemical manufacturing of illicit substances was a natural progression, because the resulting products and processes were cheaper, easier, and quicker to make and distribute. Plus, crystal meth staved off starvation’s hunger pangs, which was, and remains, rampant in North Korea. Notice that the only fat North Korean you’ll ever see is Kim Jong-un.

A little-known fact, is that Wuhan, China has similarly been long-known as a center for chemical manufacture, including fentanyl production, and that Mexican narcotrafficking cartels obtained their chemicals from suppliers in that city. The COVID-19 global pandemic put the kibosh on international travel, so other alternate routes and suppliers have emerged since.

The pandemic has affected everyone, everywhere… including Mexican narcotraffickers, whose South America-to-Mexico shipping routes have been slowed by quarantine, and similarly affected by decreased petroleum prices by Pemex, Mexico’s national petroleum producer/distributor, from which gangs resell stolen gasoline. Even avocado theft — Mexico is by far the world’s leading avocado producer — has declined, along with the money cartels extort from the farmers. Yes, Mexico is full of corruption.

From 30,000 U.S. fentanyl deaths in 2018, to 100,000 fentanyl deaths from April 2020 to April 2021 is nothing to sneeze at, even though it represents but 0.000303% of the U.S. population, because it’s a 233.33% increase.

See also: https://www.ctpublic.org/news/2021-11-19/opioid-epidemic-entered-new-dangerous-territory-this-week-its-been-found-in-marijuana

“Plymouth police officers were able to get a specimen of the marijuana, which was purchased through the black market, from this overdose case, and that allowed them to confirm the presence of fentanyl. Those who plan to consume black market marijuana should not rely on fentanyl testing strips to make sure their cannabis is clean.”

See also: https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/582390-connecticut-officials-warn-of-marijuana-laced-with-fentanyl-after

See also: https://www.middletownpress.com/news/article/Watertown-police-warn-about-fentanyl-laced-16631839.php

See also: https://www.courant.com/news/connecticut/hc-news-health-officials-warn-fentanyl-marijuana-20211119-6dohdhj245h3hgcx3libf3t2xi-story.html

See also: https://connecticut.news12.com/police-warn-of-marijuana-laced-with-fentanyl-found-in-ct

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