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Navy makes largest cartel drug discovery in Mexican history

Alcoyonqui, Sinaloa — The Secretariat of the Navy says they have made the largest synthetic drug discovery in the history of Mexico after coming across a 50-ton stash of crystal.

Personnel of the Mexican Navy reported making the discovery near the town of Alcoyonqui, about 30 kilometers from Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa. The drugs were buried in a rustic area that consisted of two warehouses. One warehouse was 10 meters long and the other, seven meters. Both were buried four meters into the ground.

Photo: Secretariat of the Mexican Navy

They report the find was made around 9:00 a.m. Thursday at a point in the Sierra de Sinaloa near the town of Alcoyonqui, which they say belongs to the largest capos in the country, an organized crime gang lead by El Mayo Zambada of the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel.

One of the Navy commanders in charge of the security operation explained that intelligence work, with the support of technology, led to the location of “the kitchen” where the crystal was being prepared.

Photo: Secretariat of the Mexican Navy

He said the building was protected only by a rustic roof, where grass and plants had been placed to grow to conceal it from air patrols.

After finding the location, he says navy personnel followed tire tracks and footprints that led them to the underground warehouses.

He says that inside the narco-labratory they found one warehouse that contained seven tons of the drug ready for distribution along with 400 drums and 50 sacks of the powdered version, which he explained amounted to approximately 40 tons of crystal.

In the second warehouse, authorities found more than 100 drums amounting to another 3 tons of the drug.