GUADALAJARA, Mexico – Army troops seized more than 15 tons of methamphetamine at a ranch in Jalisco, a state in western Mexico, a military commander said Thursday.
The seizure is “historic” due to the amount of the synthetic drug found at just one site, 15th Military Zone commander Gen. Gilberto Hernandez Andreu said.
Soldiers also found 4,575 liters (1,209 gallons) of chemicals, 2,400 kilos (2.6 tons) of caustic soda, 20 kilos (44 pounds) of ammonia and five kilos (11 pounds) of crystal methamphetamine.
The methamphetamine and other illegal substances were found Tuesday at the Villarreal ranch in the city of Tlajomulco, located about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco.
A total of 15 metal reactors, 12 tanks of gas, nine oxygen tanks and nine thermostats used to make synthetic drugs were also found at the illegal lab.
Another lab capable of producing illegal drugs in industrial quantities was found in Tlajomulco last month and more than 20 tons of chemicals were seized.
The chemicals found at the site were sufficient to produce drugs with a street value of approximately 420 million pesos (about $32 million), officials said.
Seven illegal drug labs have been found this year in Jalisco, the Defense Secretariat said.
The Los Zetas cartel, which served as the armed wing of the Gulf cartel until 2010, and the Jalisco Nueva Generacion gang, which was created following the death of Ignacio “Nacho” Coronel, one of the leaders of the Sinaloa cartel, operate in the state. EFE