México: Fighting Methamphetamine
By Dialogo January 01, 2013
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Government of Mexico
signed a memorandum of cooperation in August 2012 that vows to aggressively address
the continuing problem of illegal methamphetamine production.
Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibáñez and General Commissioner of
the Mexican Federal Police Maribel Cervantes Guerrero made the announcement with DEA
Administrator Michele M. Leonhart.
The memorandum “enhances our intelligence sharing and joint training
efforts,” Leonhart said.
U.S. and Mexican officials enjoy a strong cooperative relationship that
includes information and intelligence exchange, joint chemical control efforts, and
training and resources for meth lab dismantling.
The signing of the memorandum “is an unprecedented event because both of our
countries are signing the very first international instrument that will help fight
the manufacturing of synthetic drugs in clandestine laboratories,” Morales said.
Cervantes noted that the memorandum will strengthen her agency’s
collaborative approach. “The Mexican Federal Police will make every effort to
increase timely coordination and exchange of information,” she said.
Mexico has experienced a dramatic increase in seizures of clandestine
methamphetamine labs and precursor chemicals, up nearly 1,000 percent between 2010
and 2011. This increase has led to a rise of methamphetamine seizures at the U.S.
border. In 2011, seizures of meth in the United States’ southwest border totaled
7,338 kilograms, more than twice the amount seized in 2009. The U.S. State
Department has set aside $12 million in Mérida Initiative funding to support Mexican
Government efforts to safely secure clandestine labs, gather evidence and destroy
Sources: U.S. Embassy in Mexico, Ágora