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Authorities: Mexican drug cartels meth production operating closer to U.S. border

May 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Authorities: Mexican drug cartels meth production operating closer to U.S. border

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Authorities are seeing a new trend in Mexican border states where drug cartels are obtaining chemicals in stash houses for the production of meth in closer proximity to the U.S. border

A Mexican drug enforcement detectives who requested to remain anonymous explained to Breitbart Texas that in the last ten months, they noticed a change in strategies by cartels choosing to “cook” in border cities instead of their traditional manufacturing areas in the south.

The new method has the Cartel Del Noreste faction of Los Zetas and possibly the Gulf Cartel competing with the Sinaloa Cartel and Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion for the crystal meth market.

In April, Mexican Federal officers in Nuevo Leon ambushed a warehouse in the Monterrey neighborhood of Santa Catarina where they confiscated 4,000 gallons of meth precursors. The chemicals found included hydrochloric acid and benzyl chloride.

Pictured: This repair shop Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas used by the Zetas Cartel to cook meth (Photo: Breitbart Texas)

Soon after, in the city of Nuevo Laredo, the Mexican Army busted a car repair shop that was being used as a front for a lab by the Cartel Del Noreste cell of the Los Zetas.

Inside, officials discovered almost 300 pounds of chemical materials used to produce narcotics. The raid at the lab was part of an operation where military forces seized a vast arsenal of weapons including dynamite, RPGs, grenades, and other items.

Police also seized a tractor-trailer transporting nearly 13 tons of phenylacetic acid in the town of Garcia.

“We believe that the cartels in Coahuila, Nuevo León, and Tamaulipas are taking advantage of the demand for synthetic drugs in the United States,” the Mexican law enforcement source stated. “While it is not something that is revealed officially, these drugs are difficult to find, so anonymous calls and cartel members flipping on their bosses have been the best source in tracking these shipments down.”

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