Chemicals of Chinese Origin, Intended for Drugs, Are Seized in Mexico
By Dialogo January 04, 2012
Mexican authorities announced the seizure of more than 120 tons of a chemical substance needed to manufacture synthetic drugs, in a shipment coming from China and destined for Guatemala.
The seizure took place in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán (in western Mexico, on the Pacific), in eight containers with more than 120,000 kilograms of the substance known as “monomethylamine,” the Government specified in a statement.
The substance is a chemical precursor that can be used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs.
The shipment departed from the port of Shanghai in China and had the port of Quetzal in Guatemala as its final destination.
In 2011, more than 1,200 tons of chemicals of this kind were seized in Mexico.
Previously, a shipment of 21 tons of another chemical precursor that entered the Mexican port of Manzanillo (in western Mexico, on the Pacific), coming from Peru and destined for neighboring Guatemala, was seized, while another shipment of 229 tons that also came from China was seized in the same port of Lázaro Cárdenas the previous week