Mexican Military Make Record Seizure of Methamphetamines

By Dialogo
February 10, 2012

Mexican military personnel made a record seizure of over 15 tons of methamphetamines and other substances used to manufacture synthetic drugs, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) announced on February 8.

The discovery of these psychotropic substances was a result of ground reconnaissance carried out by troops in the municipality of Tlajomulco de Zúñiga, in the state of Jalisco.

Since 2006, the Mexican Army has dismantled 646 laboratories for producing synthetic drugs and seized more than 45 tons of methamphetamines, according to official figures.

According to Antonio Mazzitelli, director of the UN anti-drug office for Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, synthetic drugs represent an attractive opportunity for criminal organizations because, unlike natural drugs, they can be produced anywhere, once the organization has access to the chemical precursors.