MEXICO CITY — Soldiers and authorities in Mexico captured an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl laboratory that has been so large it startled researchers, federal prosecutors declared Sunday.
The laboratory had compound prep vats roughly two stories tall which could procedure 11,000 lbs (5,000 kilograms) of raw material at one time, said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of their federal Attorney General’s Office.
“From the Attorney General’s Office, we don’t have any listing of any kind of equipment of the size before,” Gallo said.
The mega-lab was discovered last week at a storefront advertisements industrial cleaning products around the outskirts of Mexico City.
At one house in Mexico City, police arrested an engineer that supposedly built and conducted labs to get an organized crime group. A drum of everything seemed like a precursor of fentanyl was discovered in addition to written directions about the best way best to process it.
Authorities also discovered 290 kilograms of meth”using a high degree of purity” in a laboratory staged from the northern state of Sonora. Gallo reported a number of the drugs were destined for the USA.
Tying together the raids was proof that the entire operation was being conducted by individuals connected to some group in Sinaloa, home to the drug cartel of the same name.
Mexican marines said they’d accumulated intelligence suggesting fentanyl precursors were imported from China through a business in Hong Kong. Marines followed a dispatch of containers which transferred via a Japanese port into the Baja California seaport of Ensenada. The marines said they’d found an undisclosed number of three precursor compounds in the containers which could be transformed into fentanyl via”an easy procedure.”