A total of 32 tons of monomethylamine, a chemical used to produce synthetic drugs, were seized aboard a ship that arrived from China, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said.
The seizure was made on April 30 by marines, customs
agents and Attorney General’s Office personnel at the Gulf port of Veracruz, the
The manifest from the export firm identified the
chemicals as aluminum sulfate, but tests confirmed it was
The two containers carrying the chemicals were then
seized from the MSC Brianna.
The chemicals were turned over to the AG’s
office “so it can investigate and determine the legal responsibility” for the
shipment, the secretariat said.
The export firm was not identified and
the secretariat did not say whether any arrests had been made.
drug cartels are the main suppliers of illegal stimulants to the U.S.
The U.S. drug market has seen declining demand for cocaine and a
simultaneous rise in demand for synthetic drugs, officials and analysts
Synthetic drugs are favored by users for their more prolonged effect
and because they come in tablet form and are therefore considered “socially