Mexican soldiers make huge meth seizure

By Dialogo
May 14, 2009

MORELIA, Mexico (AP) — The Mexican army says it seized more than 8 tons (almost 8 metric tons) of crystal methamphetamine at a clandestine drug lab in the western state of Michoacan. The seizure comes just weeks after soldiers seized about 8.5 tons of the synthetic drug in another raid in a nearby town. The meth seizures are among the biggest in recent memory, and indicate traffickers have found a way around restrictions on precursor chemicals implemented by the Mexican government. The Defense Department said in a statement Tuesday that soldiers found the drugs in a raid on an apparently abandoned building near the town of Ziracuaretiro on Monday. Soldiers also found barrels, pots and beakers apparently used to process the drug.