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Mexican authorities discover large-scale cartel meth lab in border state

July 24, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican authorities discover large-scale cartel meth lab in border state

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Authorities in Mexico discovered a large-scale meth lab in the border state of Nuevo Leon last week

The strong odor of chemicals led police to a clandestine lab where cartel associates were producing meth.

According to local reports, the discovery was made in the Escobedo municipality, an industrial area in Nuevo León that is continuously overtaken by organized crime.

The clandestine “kitchen” is located roughly 110 miles south of Roma, Texas. The property is enclosed by a wall and the top was surrounded with barbed wire. Parts of the property were concealed with a tarp.

Nuevo Leon Attorney General’s Office revealed that authorities discovered large drums, a plastic pool, and enough precursors to cook hundreds of pounds at a time inside the property.

Breitbart Texas, citing a law enforcement source, reported that inside the property, they found large drums, a plastic pool, and enough precursors to prepare batches of hundreds of pounds of the drug at a time.

Officials seized about 88 pounds of cooked meth.

The source also noted the suspects at the lab fled by running out the back of the property and into the brush. The men left gloves and masks used to prevent them from getting poisoned during the manufacturing process.

Drug cartels in Mexico are altering the drug trafficking trends by setting up large-scale meth production operations close to the border with Texas.

The trafficking of phenylacetic acid has become widespread near border areas. The chemical is reportedly utilized to supply the increasing amount of labs in Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, and Coahuila.

Officials said an anonymous call led to the discovery of the meth lab.

Last year, Mexican authorities found a cartel meth lab in the border city of Nuevo Laredo.

Officials said the lab was operated by the Zetas faction known as the Cartel Del Noreste.

At around the same time, a warehouse was found with various chemicals used to produce the drugs in the town of Santa Catarina.

After the labs were found, a federal law enforcement source told media outlets that the presence of full-scale labs in the northern portion of Mexico are used to increase production and trafficking into the United States, where the demand continues to rise.

In the past, cartels would manufacture meth in the southern areas of Mexico and then smuggle it north.

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