The driving force behind this is synthetic opioid painkillers called fentanyls that are wholly synthetic, and easily can be made in a lab. It is commonly manufactured in southeast Asia, is easy to smuggle, and massively profitable. A kilogram of fentanyl costs $4,000 in China but can make $1.6 million in profit on American streets.
Norma Azucena Rodríguez Zamora was driving along a highway when two men shot at her vehicle, causing it to flip and she was then pulled from the vehicle and forced to leave with the gunmen. More than 120 Mexican politicians and political candidates have been killed since September, 2017. More than 200,000 people have been murdered since 2006.