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Mexican military seizes tons of meth during raid on drug lab near California Border

August 31, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican military seizes tons of meth during raid on drug lab near California Border

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The Mexican military made its fourth significant meth seizure in under two weeks when four tons and a clandestine lab in Baja California Norte were discovered last week.

The seizure took place in Tecate, immediately across from Jacumba Hot Springs, California.

The Mexican Army (SEDENA) collected intelligence of criminal activity in the area and carried out a ground investigation. Personnel recovered a camouflage-roofed building which contained an active meth lab.

The site was equipped with ten boilers at 500 liters each, four metallic filters, six metal condensers, one tub loaded with 200 liters of acetone, 28 drums of chemical remover, and four drums of 200 liters of alcohol ethyl.

Other chemicals and equipment utilized for meth production were found along with groceries and tents to house roughly 12 workers, according to local reports.

The Mexican military raided drug lab in the town of La Rumorosa (Photo: Courtesy of La Cronica

No arrests have been made and it is alleged that those managing the lab managed to flee before the bust.

Detectives with La Procuraduría General de la República (PGR) took over of the lab. Mexican officials estimated that the street value of the seizure is over $80 million dollars and concluded the finished product was likely destined for the U.S. border.

Prior to this bust, three other meth seizures took place. The first was on August 16th in Alcoyonqui, Sinaloa, where the Mexican Navy confiscated 50 tons. The second transpired when the Army discovered about 2,700 pounds of drugs including meth, heroin, and fentanyl on the weekend of August 18 in Ensenada, Baja California.

On August 22nd, the Navy intercepted 10 tons of in Sinaloa. All other the seizures are believed to involve the Sinaloa Cartel, also referred to as “Cártel del Pacífico.”

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