2012-04-01

Guatemala and Nicaragua: New Methamphetamine Production Destination

Close to 195 tons of chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs en route to Guatemala and Nicaragua were seized by Mexican authorities in January 2012.

The chemical, identified as monomethylamine, was found inside 12 containers coming from China at the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Ten of these containers were routed to Guatemala while the remaining two were headed to Nicaragua.

According to Guatemalan authorities, there is recent evidence that the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel has extended its methamphetamine production to neighboring Guatemala.

Source: The Associated Press

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