MEXICO CITY – Army troops found and dismantled a laboratory used to produce synthetic drugs in Mexico state, which surrounds the Federal District and forms part of the Mexico City metropolitan area, and seized 3.39 tons of methamphetamine, the Defense Secretariat said Monday.
The lab was discovered and destroyed on Saturday in the city of Aculco by 22nd Military Zone troops, the secretariat said.
Soldiers following up on a tip went to the El Mogote ranch, where they found a clandestine lab used to produce drugs.
Mexico is the leading source of methamphetamine, an illegal stimulant, for the U.S. market.
The soldiers seized chemicals, equipment for producing drugs and other materials at the ranch, the secretariat said.
The army has dismantled six illegal drug labs in Mexico state since 2006.
The majority of the labs used to manufacture synthetic drugs are in other states, such as Michoacan and Sinaloa. EFE