MEXICO CITY –The military seized more than 32 tons of a chemical used to manufacture synthetic drugs being transported from South Korea as if it were fertilizer, the Secretary of the Navy said.
The confiscation was made in the port city of Manzanillo on the Pacific Coast on Sept. 22.
The cargo was transported by the ship “MSC Pamela,” which had left South Korea after beginning its route in Yokohama, Japan.
The ship was bound for Culiacán, capital of the state of Sinaloa in northwestern Mexico, where the narco-trafficking business is headed by Joaquín “Chapo” Guzmán, the country’s most wanted narco-trafficker.
Mexico has become a major manufacturer of psychotropic drugs in the past decade, according to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).
[AFP (Mexico), 22/09/2012; Milenio (Mexico), 22/09/2012]