Army Discovers Underground Drug Laboratory in Northern Mexico

By Dialogo
June 29, 2011

In the state of Sinaloa (northwestern Mexico), Mexican soldiers located a laboratory for producing synthetic drugs with two underground levels and an infrastructure that is unprecedented in the country, the defense ministry announced.

While on patrol in a settled area belonging to the city of Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa, military personnel found a “laboratory composed of an underground metallic structure with two levels, an elevator, and ventilation,” “hidden among the underbrush,” the Secretariat of Defense explained in a statement.

The installation was ten meters deep, twelve meters wide, and ten meters long.

One level was furnished as a lodging area and kitchen, and the other as a “warehouse with two rooms with organic synthesis reactors,” the ministry indicated.

“This is the first laboratory secured with this kind of infrastructure,” the ministry affirmed.

In the installation, 260 kilos of methamphetamine, 180 liters of liquid methamphetamine, and 450 liters of caustic soda were seized, the Secretariat of Defense specified, without indicating that anyone was detained in the operation.

Sinaloa is a fief of the cartel led by the fugitive Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán, considered Mexico’s chief drug trafficker, and is one of the five states with the highest rate of murders linked to organized crime.