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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sinaloa Cartel Establishes Industrial Scale Meth Production in Guatemala

by Chivis for Borderland Beat

It is evident that meth production has moved south.  South of Mexico that is, to Guatemala.  This week, in the pacific coast port of Lazaro Cardenas, Mexican authorities made a seizure of 120 metric tons of a precursor chemical needed to manufacture meth.  It was destined to Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. 
This brings the total to 675 tons of precursor seized in December alone, and every bit of it was being transported to Guatemala.  For their part authorities in Guatemala have seized 7900 barrels of precursors in the year of 2011.  That amounts to 1600 tons, out confiscating Mexico's  1200 for the same time frame.  1600 tons is four times the amount seized in 2010.
The five shipments seized in December originated in China then drop shipped in Mexico but headed for Guatemala for production.   The Lazaro Cardenas Port is known to be used by the Sinaloa Cartel.

The Knights Templar cartel is based in Lazaro Cardenas, however Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels are the most active drug cartels in Central America, and reportedly Sinaloa has moved meth production into Guatemala on an industrial scale.
Typically when the ability of production is compromised there is a logistic shift.  According to the UN Drug and Crime 2011 Report:

"When controls over precursors were strengthened in the United States, manufacture shifted to Mexico, as Mexico has responded with strong counter-methamphetamine initiatives, manufacturing activities are increasingly reported from countries in Central and South America."

Carlos Menocal the Interior Minister of Guatemala stated to the associated press that the Sinaloa Cartel has establish operations in Guatemala by forming an alliance with a gang led by Juan Alberto Ortiz Lopez, who goes by the moniker “Chamale”.   Who was arrested in March but was considered the most important trafficker in Guatemala by the United States.
"What we have found is that Chamale has links to the Sinaloa cartel," Menocal said, “ Those links include coordinating the processing or "cooking" of meth”.

"An analysis by Guatemala's intelligence indicates the laboratories were managed by Mexicans," Menocal said. "They come to oversee the drug production process; Mexican chemists came to establish the formulas and local people talk about Mexicans who came and went, doing this work."

Guatemala, a poor, ill resourced country will be incapable to be a challenge to powerful cartels such as Sinaloa and Los Zetas.  Zetas are said to control 75% of the country with regions literally abandoned by the government.  It would appear that the only impediments they would encounter are those from each other.


  1. "Zetas are said to control 75% of the country with regions literally abandoned by the government."

    Don't normally post here, but this one is has meaning for me as I have traveled extensively in that area. Which parts of Guatemala? Quiche, Solola, Huehuetenango, Alto and Baja Verapaz, El Peten?

  2. gheesh we are all going to die cause of these putos.....errbody eeds to pray for humanity

  3. Another case of outsourcing. We need to bring that meth production back home where it should be. Politicians should be handing it out like candy to keep the white trash of AmeriKKKa zoned out and stupid.

  4. Whoever posted this story, will you PLEASE stop using that font?!?! It makes it impossible to read, not at all professional, and looks like a 13yr old girl wrote it. Thanks.

  5. @4:45
    Here are some links the first is from the guate human rights commission (notice BB is quoted :))!

    @6:29 I did not choose it I went with what was on default, I am new and learning it is not as easy as one would think. I will play with it a bit, I ask for your patience. Paz Chivis

  6. There you go 6:29..hope you can now read it.

  7. If high quality pharmaceutical stimulants were readily available like they used to be, the use of meth would dramatically decrease.


  9. 75% of guatemala controlled by Z, local groups allied to the Z

    25% by government/ sinaloa cartel

    Lol this central american countries are prime targets of the Mexican Cartels so much to take advantage of: weak governments, lots of fresh recruits, land abandoned by their federal governnent, weak central government, safe heavens when you have heat in Mexico.

    This problem needs to be confronted as a terrorist threat but they wont consider it because it leaves $$$$$$$



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