Narcolaboratory Boom in Mexico

Source: ZetaTijuana

Syndic drug dealers have increased profits by reducing their operating costs. Since 2016, the Army has secured 273 methamphetamine factories. Sinaloa, once resistant to enter that market, now leads on Michoacán and Jalisco. Only three people made available during that period. Narcos take advantage of low production costs, the secrecy and immediacy to distribute their products and the addictive power of the substances to enhance their illicit business, estimates the organized crime investigator, Sergio Manuel Robles

In recent years the number of clandestine laboratories for the manufacture of synthetic drugs in Mexico has increased, but their assurance by the authorities is going down, as well as the arrest of alleged criminals involved and the confiscation of substances within the establishments, that have decreased, according to statistics from the Ministry of National Defense.

According to figures from the Transparency Unit of the military unit, from January 1, 2016 and until the first months of 2019, the soldiers dismantled 273 narcolaboratories in the country in at least 16 of the states. disposition of other authorities to three people and secured more than 259 tons of substances, including drugs and chemical precursors.

The states with the most drug factories detected and insured by the Mexican Army were Sinaloa, with 145; followed by Michoacán (58), Jalisco (23), Durango (16) and Guerrero (10). In Baja California, there are four narcolaboratories, three of which were discovered in 2018, among which the impressive methamphetamine factory stands out below a depopulated area in La Rumorosa, where there was a camp for ten people and almost four tons of the drug known as glass , utensils and chemical products.

One of the largest synthetic drug production centers was secured on August 16 last year in a village in the Sierra de Badiraguato, Sinaloa. Military found 47 tons of glassinside drums distributed along the terrain. Allegedly the narcolaboratorio belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel.

The demand in the consumption of synthetic drugs in a globalized world has led to the mutation of the large Mexican drug cartels, the production of drugs that were the best known during the twentieth century, to new design products claimed by the markets local, American, European and Asian, as far as the tentacles of the illicit business extend.

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Suicide Assassin Drones: A New Tradecraft Tool?

By now, most people have heard of the assassination attempt on Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro. In what might be a first, a world leader was targeted by a explosive-laden drone; in this case, two $8,000 DJI Matrice 600 Pros.  Each carried a payload of 2.2 pounds of C4 plastic explosive.

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This leads to the question: In the future, are more and more assassination attempts on politician leaders, dissidents and whistle-blowers going to be carried out by drone? Has the day of the drone assassination arrived?

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Inconsistencies in the Heroin Narrative

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If the major news channels are your only source for news, you would think that all bad things come from the southern United States border.  President Trump’s comments have created a frenzy of anti-Mexican sentiment among a constituency eager to place blame on immigrants, liberals and anyone with a differing opinion.

But is this sentiment accurate?  Is Mexico really responsible for the recently acknowledged Opium Epidemic?  Continue reading

Benjamin Paddock – The Apples Didn’t Fall Far

The mainstream narrative, that alleged Las Vegas mass-shooter Stephen Paddock’s father Benjamin Paddock was a bank robber, isn’t wrong. It’s just incomplete. Other than both Paddocks being criminals in the end, there is really no link between robbing banks and mass shootings.  But do Stephen and his father Benjamin Paddock have more in common? Continue reading

Pakistan closes Durand Line, causes $90 mn trade loss for Afghanistan

When Afghan agriculture and industry are disrupted; when an entire season of a farmers work is wasted, the impoverished people take the quickest path to profitability: heroin. World leaders claim to be fighting terrorism, but they allow their ally in that fight, Pakistan, to block all Afghan produce and exports from international markets, essentially empowering heroin markets and those who profit from them.

Source:  First Post

The “unilateral” blocking of the Durand Line by Pakistan choked off trade and caused damages of up to $90 million, Kabul complained to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) last week.

“The measures taken by the government of Pakistan at the entry points at the Durand line, border with Afghanistan, were tantamount to a total ban of trade between the two countries,” Dr Suraya Dalil, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the UN office at Geneva told the WTO Council for Trade in Goods on 6 April.

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“…Afghan exporters were prevented from shipping any goods to Pakistan destined to be released for consumption in that country.”

“Similarly, they (Afghan exporters) could not export any goods to other countries which, in order to reach their destination, have to transit the territory of Pakistan,” Dalil said.

Imports to Afghanistan from Pakistan and other countries were also blocked.

Pakistan closed the border between the two countries from 17 February this year after a surge of terrorist attacks on its soil claiming that terrorists use Afghani soil against Pakistan. Though they had initially announced that the decision to close the entry points to the Durand Line was indefinite, the border re-opened on 21 March.

The Afghan diplomat described the consequences of closing the Durand Line as “huge”. Continue reading

Law Enforcement: Cocaine on Upward Trend

Source: Bowling Green Daily News

For the first time in more than 10 years cocaine appears to be making a comeback in the United States with local law enforcement agencies seeing an uptick in the drug here and bracing for its effects on their resources as well as the human toll the drug takes.

Opioids, methamphetamine and marijuana continue to consume a vast amount of manpower and financial resources for police and the justice system in this area, causing concern for already taxed narcotics officers as they see an increase locally in cocaine use and trafficking.

What is likely driving the upward trend is the substantial increase in the illegal coca crop cultivation in Colombia.

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