The Mexican military dismantled a mega drug lab in the northern border state of Sonora on Monday. This would involve 41,310 kilos of crystal meth and another 12,705 kilos of raw materials for the production of meth. The amount of crystal meth and precursors is approximately equal to the total amount of drugs found in the country in 2023.
Photos released by the military show a series of large metal cauldrons and chemical reactors lined up among the bushes and low trees of the site, visible from the air. According to the Navy, 32 centrifuges, 72 boilers and 102 condensation chambers were discovered. Those 72 boilers are five times more than the 13 boilers in what was previously considered Mexico’s largest drug lab, which was also discovered in Sonora.
There were six production sites in the rural camp. All drugs found have been destroyed. Three vehicles and two motorcycles were also seized. As far as we know, no arrests have been made.
Previously, the largest meth labs were found in Sinaloa, but it appears the increasingly violent state of Sonora has become a production hub, not just a smuggling route.