Reporting on the Mexican Cartel Drug War

Mexico Incinerates 15 Tons of Methamphetamines

Sunday, February 19, 2012 |

Mexican authorities incinerated more than 15 tons of methamphetamines valued at 58 million pesos ($4.5 million) in the western state of Jalisco, the federal Attorney General’s Office said.

Military personnel destroyed the drugs on a base after confirming they were methamphetamines that had been processed at a clandestine laboratory, the AG’s office said in a statement.

Army troops made the drug seizure, considered “historic” due to the amount of synthetic drug found at a single site, at a ranch in the town of Tlajomulco, some 15 kilometers (9 miles) from the state capital of Guadalajara.

Soldiers also found 4,575 liters (1,209 gallons) of chemicals, 2,400 kilos (2.6 tons) of caustic soda, 20 kilos (44 pounds) of ammonia and five kilos (11 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine.

A total of 15 metal reactors, 12 tanks of gas, nine oxygen tanks and nine thermostats used to make synthetic drugs also were found at the illegal lab.

The AG’s office said investigators were still trying to determine to which organized crime gang the seized drugs belonged.

Authorities from the 15th Military Zone, based in Guadalajara, federal and state police and AG’s office personnel supervised the destruction of the drugs.

There has been increase in meth seizures in the state of Jalisco since 2007.

Another lab capable of producing illegal drugs in industrial quantities was found in Tlajomulco last month and more than 20 tons of chemicals were seized.

The chemicals found at the site were sufficient to produce drugs with a street value of approximately 420 million pesos (about $32 million), officials said.

Seven illegal drug labs have been found this year in Jalisco, the Defense Secretariat said.

The Los Zetas cartel, which served as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel until 2010, and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion gang, which was created following the death of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, operate in the state.



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Anonymous said...

It was Walter "Heisenberg" White's materials

Anonymous said...

15 tons of meth and the bad guys had nobody guarding it. hmm? Also, just once I would like to see the cops or the military allow a shipment of chemicals used to make meth be delivered to the recipient or returned to the sender and then having said people busted instead of just confiscating it and claiming a succesful bust. Most of the labs they 'dismantle' in Mexico, they were guarding for the cookers and once it is no longer a useful sight, the cookers advise the military or cops that they are relocating. The military then 'raids' the already abandoned sight and claim they shut it down, almost always without a single bust. Stakeouts? hahaha

Anonymous said...

thank you mexico for keeping at least this much out of the hands of our children.

Anonymous said...

That wasn't pure meth.

Anonymous said...

Somewhere in Bakersfield, a redneck is weeping.

SbrviviLaMafiaAntigua said...

Meth has been a lucrative side job for many cartels. However, moreso now. And only now, has meth production become just as, if not more, important to cartels than the old products of marijauana and perico. The Milenio (Valencias) both in Michoacan and Colima cartels were at the forefront of agreements under the old guard of the 90s of Guero Palma, Caro Quintero's and Chapo's & Mayo's Mafia de Sinaloa, better known in the new millenium as the CDS. But, in Michoacan, production of meth never stopped - just like marijuana plantations and avocados. The difference was that the US was the major provider during the 90s, even early 00's some might argue. In Mexico, La Familia took over, then Zetas, then Caballeros, and now Sinaloa (major manufacturing wise). As so meth production is a very important part of power Chapo yields. And it will only continue to grow. While powder shipments have been marginally disrupted in South America's take down of major gangs, and with the introduction of poppy field eradication (with US intelligence) efforts well underway, Meth seems to stand as the equally lucrative product of the Millenial teens. But more than lucrative, is it's new rumor in the narco-economy world. From streets of Puerto Penasco to Mazatlan, to Huetamo Michoachan, down to Panama, the word is Chapo & Mayo, are intending on 'punishing' the US with... Meth. An influx of Meth with lower prices, utilizing old stash cities and routes and plazas, has been set in motion. Production has kicked up from 40% of Sinaloa shipments, to close to 80% this past January. Demand is equally the same. But unlike other Mexican narco products, the more Meth there is the more users, use it. Is it possible - well, With Meth, Chapo has been able to take down whole crime syndicates, like the AFOs. TJ's network was weakened when some if it prolific members became, meth heads. Chapo understands the dynamics behind this move, that is, mostly to divert he attention from him, to a more dangerous problem - a US Meth problem. If it's true, it's part of the genius behind the CDS commitment to survival. It's the price the US pays for betraying the pseudo-deals made with the CDS - some of which have been made public fast and furiously. And J, before you ask, where the word comes from - they are the same sources that warned of Chapo's intent on going after the Carrillo's in Navolato Sinaloa last year - which prompted the creation of the new Juarez Cartel under Carrillo's family. And it was the same source that called out BLs joining Zetas months before they showed up in Sinaloa and Sonora. At any rate, meth production is being boosted - and I would imagine this summer will be 'hell to pay' in Mexican border cities. Thanks for reading and good night.

Anonymous said...

are you sure

Anonymous said...

....rev 9 20;21 and the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk....
....Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, (Greek word pharmakeia, another word for drug dealing), nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts....
....In the end, we all pay, we reap what we sow, and the price we pay will far surpass what the mere ego maniac sees as fame, glory,and fortune....
....A fool, a coward dies a thousand deaths....
....Only a fool says there is no God....

Anonymous said...

Just thinking about the math here. You are saying that 15 tons of meth is $4.5M, then that puts it at $150 per pound or $240 per Kg? it may cost that much to synthesize it, but its worth far more per kilo wholsale, right? Otherwise, why is it worth it to distribute?

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