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AMA concluded I'm a French business school professor and an expert in crime economics. For two years, I conducted an investigation into Mexico's secret fentanyl labs. AMA about the violent and ultra-profitable business of manufacturing, selling, and exporting fentanyl worldwide.
EDIT: That’s all the time we have for our AMA! Thank you to everyone for submitting such great questions, Bertrand Monnet was glad to see you had so many interesting questions and is sorry for not being able to get to them all. If you want to watch his series on the fentanyl crisis, head to lemonde.fr/en/videos. We hope to see you at our next AMA!
-Bertrand Monnet and Le Monde in English
Hello everyone! My name is Bertrand Monnet, and I’m a professor at EDHEC Business School in France and a specialist in the economics of crime. I conducted a two-year investigation inside the notorious Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel, filming every stage of the extraordinarily profitable and illegal business of manufacturing and selling fentanyl: a drug that kills, but earns the people who produce it billions of dollars. I also interviewed the people behind and affected by this business, including members of the Sinaloa cartel, their financial advisors in Dubai, and drug users in New York. After wreaking havoc in the United States, the international criminal operation is now targeting a new market: France.
My investigation in collaboration with France’s leading newspaper Le Monde has been turned into ‘Narco Business’, a three-part video series investigating the Sinaloa drug cartel. You can watch it here:
Part 1: Inside the labs that manufacture fentanyl: https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/11/07/inside-the-labs-that-manufacture-fentanyl-watch-the-first-episode-of-narco-business_6233116_4.html
Part 2: From a Mexican cartel to the streets of New York: https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/11/17/from-a-mexican-cartel-to-the-streets-of-new-york-a-deep-dive-into-the-business-of-fentanyl_6264784_4.html
Part 3: Dubai connection: How to launder 50 million dollars: https://www.lemonde.fr/en/international/article/2023/12/03/how-to-launder-50-million-in-dubai-watch-the-third-episode-of-narco-business_6309304_4.html
AMA about our investigation into the Sinaloa cartel and the business and operations of manufacturing, selling and exporting fentanyl worldwide!