Mexican Meth Production on Rise
United Press International, November 26, 2006
Successful U.S. efforts to control the sale of
chemicals used to produce methamphetamine has led to
a mushrooming production of the drug in Mexico.
Drug traffickers, some of them ex-convicts and
fugitives from the United States, resurfaced in
Mexico because they can get pseudoephedrine and
other chemicals needed to produce methamphetamine
much more easily, the Los Angeles Times said Sunday.
Authorities said they believe chemicals are shipped
from factories in China and India via Hong Kong.
Production labs sprang up from Baja ranches to
the Michoacan highlands to Guadalajara's industrial
parks, where authorities earlier this year raided
the largest laboratory discovered in the Americas.
It was the mother lode of mother lodes, a U.S.
law enforcement official said at the time.
Mexican drug traffickers control about 80 percent
of the methamphetamine sold in the United states,
authorities said. They also reported a jump in
methamphetamine seizures at the U.S.-Mexico border
from 2003 through 2005, increasing from 4,030 to
Mexican authorities said the number of labs they
found increased from 13 to 37 from 2002 to 2005 and
methamphetamine seizures have more than doubled, to
2,169 pounds, during the same period, the Times