President Joe Biden’s nominee for the third Justice Department post, Vanita Gupta, over her strong ties to a company whose product was sold to Mexican drug cartels.
The information came back to light after her nomination to the U.S. Justice system following an investigation conducted by Bloomberg in 2020.
Who is Vanita Gupta?
Vanita Gupta, an Indo-American whose parents emigrated from India, is a long-time civil rights lawyer and activist, and has been known for her support of black, LGBTI, and immigrant causes.
Gupta also served in the Obama administration as acting deputy attorney general; she also served as chief of the civil rights division of the Department of Justice.
The attorney further revealed that her career has not only been focused in the area of justice and civil law, but also in the political operation and progressive lobbying sector. The nominee revealed to TIME Magazine that she attended meetings with Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Facebook and Jack Dorsey of Twitter, to align the big progressive movements with Big Tech and media companies and carry forward the plan to shape the 2020 presidential election in favor of Joe Biden.
Vanita Gupta, Avantor Inc., and Mexican cartels
Avantor is a chemicals and materials company that, according to Bloomberg, sold acetic anhydride to cartels that used it to manufacture heroin and high-grade “white Chinese” methamphetamine.
Joe Biden’s nominee has between $11 million to $55 million in stock in the cartel-related chemical company, according to a disclosure she filed. The lawyer’s father, Raj Gupta, is Avantor’s chairman of the board.
Following the controversial disclosure, Avantor halted all sales of the product in Mexico. “Due to the potential misuse of acetic anhydride outside of the regulated supply chain, the company has recently opted to halt all sales of the product in Mexico,” the company responded to allegations of its ties to cartels.
According to the Congressional Research Service, Mexico is currently a major producer and supplier of heroin and other hard drugs to the U.S. market.
Mexico’s potential pure heroin production increased to 106 metric tons (MT) in 2018 compared to 26 MT in 2013. The DEA, meanwhile, reports that 90% of the heroin seized in the United States comes from Mexico, which is increasingly mixed with fentanyl.
Major cartels such as the “Jalisco Cartel – New Generation” (CJNG), “Los Zetas”, “La Familia Michoacana” and the “Sinaloa Cartel” have all increased their heroin production unprecedentedly and have monopolized heroin trafficking to the U.S.
Senator Tom Cotton recently faced Vanita Gupta for her advocacy of drug legalization. In 2012, Gupta wrote in the Huffington Post that “states should decriminalize simple possession of all drugs, particularly marijuana, and for small amounts of other drugs.”
Cotton accused Gupta for statements he called “misleading” since, under oath, the nominee claimed she was not in favor of drug decriminalization.