CHICAGO, March 9 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago has charged a suburban man with federal drug offenses for allegedly conspiring to import a fentanyl analogue into the Chicago area.
The indictment said that Sanchez Lackland, 35, shipped methoxyacetyl fentanyl through the U.S. mail to approximately 19 Chicago-area addresses from China last autumn.
In December, U.S. law enforcement agents executed a search warrant at his home and seized quantities of heroin, methoxyacetyl fentanyl and acryl fentanyl, as well as a loaded revolver and approximately 300,000 U.S. dollars in cash, said a statement dated March 8 from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Northern District of Illinois.
The indictment also charged Lackland with firearm offenses.
Fentanyl can be used as a pain-killer. However, overdose and abuse caused by the opioid have surged and become a serious problem in the United States.
China attaches importance to international cooperation on illegal drugs, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang last October. He added that China had listed 23 kinds of fentanyl substance as controlled drugs, more than the number listed in UN anti-drug conventions.
In November and December 2017, Chinese police uncovered one underground fentanyl factory and detained 19 suspected traffickers in several provinces.
China's Ministry of Public Security later confirmed that they acted on leads both from the U.S. authorities and the police in south China's Guangdong Province.