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Guatemalan Police Dismantle Major Drug Lab

GUATEMALA CITY – The narcotics squad dismantled one of the largest clandestine drug laboratories ever found in Guatemala, the PNC national police force said Tuesday.

The lab, used for making synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, was discovered on a mountain near Pueblo Nuevo Viñas in the southeastern province of Santa Rosa.

No one was present at the time of the raid, but officers found a gun, a vehicle and a cellphone.

The process of inventorying the contents of the lab continues, the PNC said.

A preliminary report lists 96 oil drums and 19 plastic containers filled with precursor chemicals, 19 cylinders of propane gas and four cylinders of oxygen.

The lab was equipped with seven boilers, industrial pipes and digital scale and fans, among other gear, and cops seized 15 sacks and 29 plastic bags containing finished methamphetamine, the PNC said.

Authorities suspect the lab belonged to one of the powerful drug cartels based in neighboring Mexico.

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