18 Feb Recent Drug Bust Puts a Dent in the War on Drugs
The war on drugs won a battle recently when troops in Mexico seized 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Jalisco, a state in the western part of Mexico. The soldiers found the drugs in a Guadalajara suburb called Tlajomulco de Zuniga, according to a recent news article.
While no one could say what the largest drug seizure in history was, a statement by Mexican officials said this recent bust was the second largest.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the total meth seizures throughout the world totaled 31 metric tons in 2009. Those are the most recent figures the organization could find.
This recent find near the country’s second largest city is at least four times the size of a bust last summer where 3.4 tons were confiscated. The seizure was more than two times the amount of meth discovered in Mexico in all of 2009, according to the report.
A majority of all the meth sold today in the United States comes from Mexico, according to U.S. drug intelligence reports. This growing demand in the states has caused a rise in the production of meth in Mexico and the increased power of the most infamous cartel, the Sinaloa Cartel.
Led by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexican officials believe Jalisco is the headquarters for Guzman’s meth trafficking. The U.S. Department of Treasury considers Guzman the most powerful drug trafficker in the entire world.
Along with the meth itself, the Sinaloa Cartel is also believed to be smuggling in large amounts of the chemicals used to create the popular drug for industrial-size manufacturing operations. In December, Mexican authorities apprehended nearly 675 tons of that chemical.
The operations don’t just stop in Mexico. Drug intelligence officials believe Guzman has arrangements with another drug trafficker in Guatemala and is using this neighboring country to produce even more meth. This could cause a shift in meth manufacturing to Central America.
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