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Kang-hoon

Thu, June 20, 2024 at 20:58

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    Kang-hoon

    • Hello, Annie.

    • Today, I have some concerning news regarding the use of cryptocurrencies by Mexican criminal organizations.

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  • Annie

    • Oh, really?

    • What’s happening?🤔

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    Kang-hoon

    • The U.S. Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, has disclosed that Mexican cartels are increasingly using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum to purchase materials for fentanyl production from China.

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  • Annie

    • That sounds serious.

    • How are they using these cryptocurrencies exactly?😮

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    Kang-hoon

    • The cartels prefer digital currencies because they facilitate anonymous transactions.

    • This allows them to purchase precursor chemicals and equipment necessary for fentanyl manufacture without detection.

  • Annie

    • So, they’re using Bitcoin and Ethereum to stay under the radar?😕

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    Kang-hoon

    • Exactly.

    • Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Monero, and Tether are favored for their ability to mask identities and bypass traditional financial monitoring systems.

  • Annie

    • That must make it really hard for authorities to track them.😟

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    Kang-hoon

    • Indeed.

    • The digital transactions can easily cross international borders without detection, making it an attractive method for cartels to maintain a low profile.

  • Annie

    • Are there any specific examples of how these transactions are carried out?🤔

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    Kang-hoon

    • Yes, the payments often end up in the digital wallets of Chinese suppliers managed by cryptocurrency firms.

    • Sometimes, secondary money transmitters are used, adding another layer of complexity to the financial trails.

  • Annie

    • That sounds incredibly complex.

    • How are U.S. authorities responding to this?😮

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    Kang-hoon

    • U.S. authorities have intensified their scrutiny of crypto transactions associated with drug trafficking.

    • For instance, last October, the U.S. Department of Justice charged eight China-linked companies with distributing illegal drug production materials.

  • Annie

    • Wow, they’re really cracking down.

    • But is it enough?😕

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    Kang-hoon

    • It's a significant step, but the challenge remains substantial.

    • The FinCEN notice calls for heightened vigilance and cooperation among banks, digital payment platforms, and regulatory agencies to detect and disrupt these illicit financial flows.

  • Annie

    • I see.

    • What’s the impact of fentanyl in the U.S. right now?😔

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    Kang-hoon

    • Fentanyl is extremely potent, being 100 times stronger than morphine.

    • It has become the leading cause of death among Americans aged 18-45.

    • The DEA emphasizes the severe public health crisis posed by fentanyl overdoses.

  • Annie

    • That’s heartbreaking.

    • So, the raw materials are mostly coming from China?😢

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    Kang-hoon

    • Yes, the raw materials are predominantly sourced from China before being processed and distributed in the U.S.

  • Annie

    • Given all this, would you say this news is a bad sign for the market?😟

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    Kang-hoon

    • Yes, Annie.

    • This news is definitely a negative development.

    • The increased use of cryptocurrencies for illegal activities could lead to stricter regulations and scrutiny, which might impact the broader crypto market negatively.

    • Upon comprehensive consideration, this news is perceived as a 😱Bearish.

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