Archive for diciembre, 2011
by Chivis for Borderland Beat
This brings the total to 675 tons of precursor seized inDecember alone, and every bit of it was being transported to Guatemala. For their part authorities in Guatemala have seized7900 barrels of precursors in the year of 2011. That amounts to 1600 tons, out confiscating Mexico’s 1200 for the same timeframe. 1600 tons is four times theamount seized in 2010.
The five shipments seized in December originated in Chinathen drop shipped in Mexico but headed for Guatemala for production. The Lazaro Cardenas Port is known to be used bythe Sinaloa Cartel.
Typically when the ability of production is compromisedthere is a logistic shift. According to theUN Drug and Crime 2011 Report:
“When controls over precursors were strengthened in theUnited States, manufacture shifted to Mexico, as Mexico has responded withstrong counter-methamphetamine initiatives, manufacturing activities areincreasingly reported from countries in Central and South America.”
“What we have found is that Chamale has links to theSinaloa cartel,” Menocal said, “ Those links include coordinating theprocessing or “cooking” of meth”.
“An analysis byGuatemala’s intelligence indicates the laboratories were managed by Mexicans,”Menocal said. “They come to oversee the drug production process; Mexicanchemists came to establish the formulas and local people talk about Mexicanswho came and went, doing this work.”