Mexican security forces have made a significant discovery, uncovering a massive drug laboratory in a rural area in the northwest of the country. The army announced the seizure of over 40 tons of methamphetamine and chemicals for synthetic drug production during the operation. This find in the town of Rancho Viejo in the state of Sonora is the largest in Mexico in years, and no arrests were reported.
Mexico is plagued by high crime and widespread impunity amid the backdrop of the so-called drug war. Drug cartels and crime syndicates control entire regions of the country, engaging in battles for influence and smuggling routes. Last year, with a population of around 126 million, Mexico registered over 30,000 homicides, and most crimes are never solved.
The discovery of a massive drug lab in a rural area in northwest Mexico was announced by the Mexican army on Monday (local time). The lab in the town of Rancho Viejo in the state of Sonora is the largest of its kind found in the country in years. During the operation, security forces seized over 40 tons of methamphetamine and chemicals used in the production of synthetic drugs. No arrests were made in connection with the discovery.
In addition to dealing with high crime and widespread impunity, Mexico continues to be embroiled in a so-called drug war, with drug cartels and crime syndicates controlling large swaths of the country and competing for influence and smuggling routes. Last year, the country saw over 30,000 homicides, with many crimes going unsolved, in a country with a population of around 126 million.