15 Tons of Meth Seized in Mexico

Haul's street value a staggering $4B
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 10, 2012 1:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Mexican authorities have busted a meth superlab and seized a staggering amount of pure methamphetamine—15 tons, more than double the amount of all meth seizures made at the border last year, and more than 100 times the biggest-ever meth bust in the USA. The sheer size of the bust—the drugs have an estimated street value of $4 billion—has alarmed experts, who believe Mexico's cartels are producing more meth than ever, and have moved beyond the US to supply users around the world, the New York Times notes.

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"The big thing it shows is the sheer capacity that these superlabs have in Mexico," a DEA spokesman says. “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?” Authorities believe at least a dozen people were employed at the lab on a ranch outside Guadalajara, which was equipped with modern facilities. The meth seized amounted to 13 million doses, but experts warn that even a seizure this big will do little to alter demand for the drug. (Read more Mexico stories.)

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