Mexico Seizes Chinese Chemicals Headed for Guatemala and Nicaragua

By Dialogo
January 19, 2012

On January 17, Mexican authorities announced the seizure of almost 195 tons of a chemical substance needed to manufacture synthetic drugs, in a shipment coming from China and destined for Guatemala and Nicaragua.

The seizure took place in the port of Lázaro Cárdenas in Michoacán (on Mexico’s Pacific coast) and consisted of 12 containers 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 drugs such as methamphetamine and cocaine hydrochloride.
The 12 containers came from China. Ten were headed to Guatemala, and the other two to Nicaragua.

A shipment of 120 tons of another chemical precursor was seized in late December, in the same port of Lázaro Cárdenas, and days before that operative, there was another 229-ton seizure that also came from China.

On December 28, 2011, the Mexican authorities seized more than 1,200 tons of chemicals of this kind.