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Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajara su

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    GUADALAJARA, Mexico — Mexican troops have made a historic seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in the western state of Jalisco, an amount equivalent to half of all meth seizures worldwide in 2009.

    The sheer scale of the bust announced late Wednesday in the western state of Jalisco drew expressions of amazement from meth experts. The haul could have supplied 13 million doses worth over $4 billion on U.S. streets.

    “This could potentially put a huge dent in the supply chain in the U.S,” said U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokesman Rusty Payne. “When we’re taking this much out of the supply chain, it’s a huge deal.”

    Reporters were shown barrels of white and yellow powder that were found in a laboratory on a small ranch outside of Guadalajara, Mexico’s second-largest city.

    The Mexican army said troops received several anonymous tips and found the massive drug stash in the township of Tlajomulco de Zuniga, near the Jalisco state capital of Guadalajara. The army statement called the seizure “historic,” implying it was the largest on record for the armed forces.

    There were no people found on the ranch or arrests made, although it appeared 12 to 15 people worked there.

    “Seizures of this size ... could mean one of two things,” said Antonio Mazzitelli, the regional representative of the U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime. “On one hand, it may be a product that hasn’t been able to be sold, and like any business, when the market is depressed, stockpiles build up.”

    Or, he noted, “such large-scale production could suggest an expansion, an attempt by some Mexican groups, the most business-oriented I would say, to move into Latin American and Asian markets.

    The previous biggest bust announced by the army came in June 2010, when soldiers found 3.1 metric tons (3.4 tons) of pure meth in three interconnected warehouses in the central state of Queretaro, along with hundreds of tons of precursor chemicals used to make meth. A giant underground lab was also found in Sinaloa state.

    Those other seizures were believed to be linked to the powerful Sinaloa cartel’s massive move into meth production. A senior U.S. law enforcement official in Mexico said Thursday this week’s bust in Jalisco was “probably Sinaloa.”

    The official, who could not be named for security reasons, said Sinaloa may be moving into meth “to reduce its reliance on Colombian cocaine by flooding the market with meth.”

    The size of the Jalisco bust stunned Steve Preisler, an industrial chemist who wrote the book “Secrets of Methamphetamine Manufacture” and is sometimes called the father of modern meth-making.

    “I have never seen quantity in that range,” Preisler wrote. He also noted: “The amounts of precursors they were importing would produce multi-tons of product.”

    There has also been a dramatic increase in seizures of meth-making chemicals imported to Mexico from countries such as China. Such seizures indicate that Mexico may become a world production platform for methamphetamines, and that Mexican cartels may be dominating the trade.

    In December alone, Mexican authorities seized 675 tons of a key precursor chemical, methylamine, that can yield its weight in uncut meth. All of the shipments were headed for Guatemala, where the Sinaloa cartel is also active. Officials in Guatemala, meanwhile, seized 7,847 barrels of precursors in 2011, equivalent to about 1,600 tons.

    Few people use pure meth, and street cuts can be three or even five parts filler. A pound of meth can sell for about $15,000.

    After a dip in 2007, the supply of methamphetamine in the United States has been growing, mainly due to its manufacture in Mexico, according to U.S. drug intelligence sources.

    Between 2007 and 2009, seizures of methamphetamine by U.S. authorities along the Mexican border increased by 87 percent, according to the 2011 U.N. World Drug Report, the most recent statistics the U.N. has available.

    Eighty percent of the meth coming into the U.S. is seized at the Mexican border, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center.


    By Associated Press,
    Published: February 8

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/world...ajara-suburb/2012/02/09/gIQAdP3f0Q_story.html

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  1. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Mexico Seizes Record Amount of Methamphetamine

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican authorities announced their largest methamphetamine seizure ever late Wednesday: 15 tons, found in pure powder form at a ranch outside Guadalajara. It was about 13 million doses worth $4 billion — more than double the size of all meth seizures at the Mexican border in 2011.

    But while the authorities proudly showed off the seizure to local reporters, the sheer size of the find set off alarm among experts and officials from the United States and the United Nations. It was a sign, they said, of just how organized, efficient at manufacturing and brazen Mexico’s traffickers had become even after expanded efforts to dismantle their industry.

    “The big thing it shows is the sheer capacity that these superlabs have in Mexico,” said Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration. “When we see one lab with the capability to produce such a mass tonnage of meth, it begs a question: What else is out there?”

    Methamphetamine is difficult to produce in large quantities. Unlike marijuana, which can be grown almost anywhere, meth requires international connections to suppliers of precursor chemicals, which are tightly regulated in the United States and Mexico, as well as manufacturers with a degree of chemistry expertise.

    The Sinaloa cartel is believed to be Mexico’s main producer, partly because it has a reputation for being the world’s most multinational and sophisticated cartel. And some experts say that the seizure, along with increased seizures of meth, cocaine and marijuana at the Mexican border, suggests that Sinaloa is producing more than ever before, despite five years of increased Mexican and American efforts to defeat the Mexican cartels.

    “Sinaloa has been hit hard in the past four to six months, but they are clearly operating at a volume they were not able to do 5 or 10 years ago,” said David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego. With methamphetamine, he added: “There is really not much competition. They are probably the only ones with the organizational and logistical capacity to move this kind of product.”

    United Nations figures suggest that the supply of meth in the United States has been growing, with seizures at the Mexican border increasing 87 percent in 2011. At the same time, demand in the United States has been falling. According to the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the number of Americans 12 and older who said they had used methamphetamine in the past 12 months declined 46 percent from 2002 to 2010, to 954,000 from an estimated 1.8 million.

    But just as Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers are increasingly focused on the market in Europe, experts said that the meth that did not sent to the United States might be heading to other parts of the world. Sinaloa’s tentacles have been found on nearly every continent.

    Over all, experts said, meth appears to be providing an increasingly important revenue stream for the cartel, and the seizure this week is likely to have little long-term impact.

    “It’s important to keep the seizure in perspective,” said Eric Olson, a security expert at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. “It’s huge. Eye-popping. But seizures, even huge ones, don’t generally change the demand for the drug in the long run. If a seizure of this magnitude raises the street price, consumption may go down for a time, but it is only a matter of time until the market adjusts and the supply comes back up.


    By DAMIEN CAVE
    Published: February 9, 2012

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/10/world/americas/mexico-seizes-15-tons-of-methamphetamine.html?hp
  2. makin
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    I think it's all propaganda. Honestly I don't believe a word the mexican army or the rest of these drug war soldiers says.
  3. Doctor Who
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    How Much of this will actually be Destroyed & How Much will be Re-Sold by the Army!!!
    Think of the scale of pay for those who found it & then think about their reaction to the U.S. news story, stating it is worth Billions!!!
    Who in their Right Mind would Destroy Billions of $$$. Think About It... What Would You Do in their place???
    PEACE!
  4. capecoralecstasy
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    The thing that caught my eye is..... that all those drums of meth powder are all different colors,

    maybe solving the clue of the different colors of meth.
  5. Doctor Who
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Most are Obviously NOT Pure!!! Wonder if they made it like that on purpose or if it's just Sloppy chemistry? Or Even if it is All Meth?
  6. capecoralecstasy
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Maybe its lots of "trial n error" type of experiments. Or maybe its the pre cursors in the pic.
  7. stayupandplay
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    I would love the opportunity to work someplace like that ranch. I've often thought about just disappearing in Afghanistan after I got a bankroll large enough to keep me smoking opium for 5 yrs. I imagine it wouldn't take that many US dollars....opium peaceful...pure methamphetamine and Mexican drug cartels....off the chain. Cutting peoples heads off and throwing them in the street...only on meth.
  8. capecoralecstasy
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Yup, until you get chopped up in to pieces by rival cartels.
    Or just dumped by your own cartel,after using you. I think the Boses make all the money, while other Mexicans are labourers making meth and fering for their lives.
  9. nomud
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    675 tons of methylamine says to swim either they're making their own
    ephederine/pse or they're going the P2P route.Which is surprising.To go
    at that scale a hydrogenator would be a must for either of those two
    routes.
  10. stayupandplay
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    That's a strange thing to say?
  11. Doctor Who
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    I Bet Your Right & a lot of it is precursors! & Can you Imagine what happened to the Guys who messed-up and let that much dope get confiscated!!! I would not want to be in their shoes!!!
  12. Terrapinzflyer
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Just a sampling of some of the other similar stories over the past couple of years:
    Mexico seizes 226 tons of chemical used in meth


    Mexico Seizes 4,200 Gallons of Drug-Precursor Chemicals


    Also some other large busts in the past year:
    Army Busts Huge Meth Lab in South Mexico

    And while I can't find the story here for some reason, a bust in the summer of 2009
    Source


    It seems to me that the rise of methamphetamine production in Mexico coincides with the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005 which clamped down on sales of psedoephedrine and other precursors in the United States. It would seem that prohibition once again failed to do anything to impact demand or supply, and instead simply handed the cartels yet another lucrative business, that seems to coincide with their rise in power and violence.
  13. makin
    I think the Army and DEA want to make some big busts every once in a while so. Those cartels just hand them some precursors, drugs and what appears to be a lab. it's big news all over everybody gets a pat on the back and then its business as usuall. I mean this huge operational task force does all this work finds all these drugs and can't seem to find one mexican in mexico........

    Go figure
  14. nomud
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    The 675 tons of methylamine says to swim that could produce
    about four times that amount of meth in weight, as methylamine
    is about 1/5 meth's molecular wt.

    I doubt world demand is half that.And the numbers are fudged ;)
  15. Pariahprose
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    My rabid sea monkey has saw meth that was pink in color before. They have saw it in many different colors, some purer than others yes but that was several years ago when my rabid sea monkey was actually a rabid tweek monkey. However, seizures like this seem to make little impact at the location of my sea monkey because around here most of the tweek monkeys just make their own X.x
  16. makin
    Re: Mexican troops make huge seizure of 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Guadalajar

    Am I doing my math wrong or is that 307.xx per dose. Thats some pretty expensive shit, or some pretty high doses.
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