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Posted: 6/16/2009 8:40:32 PM EST
Mexican Army Finds Huge Lab, 8 Tons Of Meth
Army Says Site Had Enough Chemicals To Make 40 Tons Of Meth

BADIRAGUATO, Mexico –– The Mexican Navy gave reporters a firsthand look Tuesday at what they described as one of the largest methamphetamine labs ever found in the country, with enough ephedrine to produce more than 40 tons of the drug.

The smell of chemical solvents was overwhelming at the remote mountaintop site in the northern state of Sinaloa, where Navy personnel on patrol last week stumbled across an enormous holding tank they initially thought might be used to water a marijuana plantation.

Instead, the tank fed water to a pair of enormous sheds where sailors found 49,640 liters (13,000 gallons) of ephedrine, a chemical used to make methamphetamine. That is enough to produce 40.2 metric tons of the drug, or about 309 million individual doses.

The members of the Navy patrol found drums, barrels and other chemicals used in the process at the site, located on a dirt road miles from the nearest town.

"This is one of the heaviest blows to the drug traffickers in this administration ... as far as synthetic drugs are concerned," said Vice Admiral Jorge Humberto Maldonado, who estimated that the precursors were enough to produce methamphetamine worth $1.4 billion in street value.

That would make it larger than the May seizure of more than 8 tons (almost 8 metric tons) of finished methamphetamine at a clandestine drug lab in the western state of Michoacan.

In 2006, Mexican officials seized more than 19 tons of a similar precursor chemical, pseudoephedrine acetate, at a Pacific coast port. Mexico subsequently banned almost all legal uses of pseudoephedrine, but traffickers have apparently found other illegal routes to get the material. On Tuesday, Guatemalan authorities confiscated nearly 10 million pseudoephedrine pills worth $33 million, the country's biggest seizure of the substance.

The Navy was carried out the Thursday bust in Mexico's so-called Golden Triangle, where traffickers long have operated. But was no immediate indication which drug cartel ran the facility.

The Navy also reported Tuesday that it had detected a shipment of cocaine hidden inside the carcasses of frozen sharks aboard a freight ship at the Gulf coast port of Progreso. The Navy did not provide an immediate estimate of the amount of cocaine found, but said it had been detected in an X-ray inspection of the shipment.

Also Tuesday, police found the bodies of seven young men who were beaten or shot to death in the state of Durango in northern Mexico.

At least three of the bodies had bullet wounds. The others appear to have been beaten to death.

Investigations into the case are continuing, but the style of the killings suggested the involvement of drug gangs.

An employee of the state prosecutor's office, who was not authorized to be quoted by name, said the bodies were found on a street in the city of Gomez Palacio.

And in the western state of Michoacan, three suspected kidnappers were killed in a shootout with local police in the city of Uruapan. State prosecutors said the shootout occurred Tuesday after police got a report of kidnappers fleeing in a truck and attempted to stop them.

More than 10,800 people have been killed by drug violence since President Felipe Calderon launched a nationwide crackdown on organized crime in late 2006.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:49:16 PM EST
Burn it.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:51:08 PM EST
I don't know much about drugs. How long can the Mexican Army and Navy stay fucked up on that much meth ?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 8:56:02 PM EST
Originally Posted By Rabon:
I don't know much about drugs. How long can the Mexican Army and Navy stay fucked up on that much meth ?

They'll probably turn around and sell or give everything they found to their buddies in another cartel....
those who informed them where to look, probably.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:03:19 PM EST
Obama is gonna be pissed when he finds out that his resupply has been cut off. He'll have to postpone or cancel the second half of World Teleprompter Tour 2009.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:21:00 PM EST
Mexican Army finds 8 Tons Of Meth.......

173 years too late.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:22:46 PM EST
It is just a chemical...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:29:30 PM EST
they found twice that and sold half
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:31:15 PM EST
* tons my ass. The took the other half and split amongst themselves.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:53:41 PM EST
Originally Posted By asknight:
Obama is gonna be pissed when he finds out that his resupply has been cut off. He'll have to postpone or cancel the second half of World Teleprompter Tour 2009.

Meth is more of a white person drug.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:55:18 PM EST
Mexico has a Navy?!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:56:06 PM EST
8 tons? Holy shit!
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:56:23 PM EST
Excellent now Phx,AZ can finally go to bed...
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 9:57:47 PM EST

Originally Posted By DangerJ:
Mexico has a Navy?!

They have coast line. Deepwater ports. Why not?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:03:04 PM EST
Holy shit. That's a enormous blow. Lots of people are going to get dead over that one.

Good to see seizures like this taking place.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:05:32 PM EST
8 tons?
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:05:50 PM EST
Those guys are all either high as hell right now, or filthy rich by selling it back to La Emme. Most likely a combination of both.
Link Posted: 6/16/2009 10:09:27 PM EST
All the entrepreneurs are in the unlicensed pharmaceutical biz, apparently.
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