Crime and Violence

Mexican soldiers seize largest methamphetamine operation ever found in Mexico

In early August, Mexican soldiers raided what is being called the largest methamphetamine production facility ever found in Mexico. “Crystal City,” which has been attributed to the Sinaloa Cartel, was found in the mountain village of El Rodeo in Durango near the border with Sinaloa, in the region known as the Golden Triangle. The military seized a total of 22 buildings distributed among 240 hectares, including five laboratories and housing for workers, of which military officials say there were 120. Found on the premises were amenities such as satellite and television antennae, stores, clothes washing facilities, and an infirmary. Along with precursor chemicals for methamphetamines, soldiers seized 10 tons of marijuana, 20 kilograms of cocaine, 12 “long” arms, and US$20,000 in cash. Of the estimated 120 workers at the site, none were arrested during the operation.

From the Justice in Mexico Project’s August Monthly News Report:


“Hallan el narcolaboratorio más grande del país; tiene 240 ha.” La Jornada August 9, 2009.

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