Chinese companies offer to export powerful synthetic opiod carfentanil that kills drug addicts and could potentially be used by terrorists, said the investigation, conducted by AP reporters in Shanghai, London, Washington and Beijing. This substance, which was used in 2002 during the storming of the captured terrorists of the theatrical center on Dubrovka in Moscow, in China is legally and openly sold on the Internet.
AP found 12 Chinese enterprises that export carfentanil in USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Belgium and Australia, selling it for 2750 dollars per kilogram. The US government requires China to include this substance in the black list, but as long as it continues to enter into foreign markets.
“We can make the delivery carfentanil guaranteed, – said the representative of Jilin Tely Import and Export Co. in September by e-mail. Is one of our popular products.”
This powerful opioid, so deadly that a dose smaller than a poppy seed can kill a person. He is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, although similar in chemical composition. From carfentanil, lethal action is compared with nerve gas, dead tens of thousands of people only in the United States, where the dealers were diluted with carfentanil and fentanyl heroin and other drugs. People in its application die from respiratory arrest.
Carfentanil can be used as chemical weapons. “It’s a weapon, – said Andrew Weber, assistant Secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical and biological defense programs in 2009-2014. – The company should not just send anybody.”
Xu Liqun, head of Reward Technology of Hangzhou, speaking in September at the conference the chemical industry in Shanghai, said her company can produce carfentanil to order: “It is dangerous, but if we put 1-2 kg, it’s nothing,” she said, and added that he would synthesize it itself because of the pregnancy. She knows carfentanil can kill, and believes that its production should be controlled in China. The Ministry of public security of China has not responded to multiple requests from AP seeking comment.
In 2014, customs and border services in the United States were seized 3.7 kg of fentanyl, in 2016 only through mid-July – more than 134. The majority of deliveries come directly from China or through Mexico, including 19 related to fentanyl substances.
AP reporters failed to get the substance to test, as sent from China kg carfentanil was intercepted in Canada. Some manufacturers as the safest delivery option recommend shipping through Express service state postal service China Postal Express & Logistics Co.
“EMS is slower than DHL or Fedex, but safer, the probability of more than 99%, is listed representative Yuntu Chemical mail services. – If you send in USA, it is better to use small, not attract attention bags not more than 250 g We will divide pounds by four or five bags and will send them in a day or in different locations”. On the official a request for comment, a company representative did not answer, and the website of the company soon disappeared.
Not all sites used for drug sales, Chinese. At least six Chinese companies offering carfentanil, are on the American servers.
Carfentanil was used in the assault of the theatrical center on Dubrovka
Carfentanil is one of derivatives of fentanyl was first developed in 1970-ies and was used as an anesthetic for elephants and other large animals. Chemical weapons based on derivatives of fentanyl was used by the Russian intelligence services during the storming of the theatrical center on Dubrovka in Moscow, captured in 2002 by Chechen terrorists.
Through the vents was launched aerosol mixture of carfentanil. Olga Dolotova, one of the hostages lost consciousness and woke up in a bus filled with bodies: “it Was awful just to look at it. No one was moving. They put people there, like dolls,” said she.
More than 120 hostages died from exposure to chemicals. Years later, the victims were forced to treat exacerbated chronic or acquired diseases: they have broken the blood circulation, respiratory function, people would cut out, blinded and lost memory.
Chemist semi-secret laboratory of the Academy of Sciences of the Latvian SSR Edwards, Lavrinovics, which has eight patents on a new technology to produce fentanyl, told me in 2003: “Scientific study of fentanyl I spent 15 years, although fentanyl was invented by the Belgians. We have developed a new technology of its receipt”. He said that the danger of fentanyl that this substance the interval between medicinal and lethal dose is very narrow. Fentanyl is about 600-800 times stronger than morphine. And if morphine can be administered to the patient at home, fentanyl is used only in the clinic, and not so much as a painkiller, as in combination with other substances as an anaesthetic.
After that, the U.S. has developed a strategy to combat the use of this substance. Weber says that he can order the terrorist Islamic state (DAISH, banned in Russia).
According to him, carfentanil has been used in other special operations, and fentanly described as the perfect tools for killing – they are deadly, quickly digested and leave no residue. The secret service agents of the Israeli intelligence “Mossad” sprayed substance, presumably an analogue of fentanyl, in the ear of the Hamas leader Khaled Meshal on a street in the Jordanian capital Amman in 1997.
In August and September by the delegation of the United States and China discussed the issues of drug control, but the meeting was not made statements about carfentanil. However, some Chinese manufacturers are already preparing for stricter controls, at least in an email from the Wonder Synthesis said: “If you need any substance, hurry up with purchase.”