U.S. Actions Targeting Transnational Criminals for Illicit Fentanyl Activity – United States Department of State
Yaqin Wu works for a co-conspirator who owns Wuhan Shuokang Biological Technology Ltd., or “SK Biotech,” a People’s Republic of China based chemical company that also clandestinely sells fentanyl precursor chemicals to drug traffickers in Mexico. Yaqin Wu frequently ships fentanyl precursor chemicals to Mexico, including to Mazatlán, a Sinaloa Cartel-controlled city located in Sinaloa, in exchange for payments in cryptocurrency or via cross-border bank transfers. Approximately February 14, 2023, Yaqin Wu explained, in the course of communications to arrange fentanyl shipments, that Mexican authorities are not able to detect that the chemicals come from the PRC, “since we dare to sell this thing, it means that our resources and channels are no problem.”
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Sinaloa Cartel is largely responsible for the massive influx of fentanyl into the U.S. over the past several years.
On April 4, 2023, a federal grand jury sitting in the Southern District of New York returned an indictment against Yaqin Wu and others charging them with Fentanyl Importation Conspiracy, Fentanyl Trafficking Conspiracy, and Money Laundering Conspiracy.
The U.S. Department of State is offering a REWARD OF UP TO $1 MILLION for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Yaqin Wu.
If you have information, please contact the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration via email at ChapitosTips@dea.gov or via WhatsApp at +1 202-743-1066. If you are located outside of the U.S., you may also visit the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. If in the U.S., you can contact the local DEA office in your city.
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