Video: Mexico Digs Deep to Uncover Meth Lab in Sinaloa

By Dirk Hanson 07/01/11

The laboratory may be the nation’s most sophisticated illegal drug lab ever, says Mexican Army.

This brief video, in Spanish, gives viewers a sense of the size of the operation, which was underground in every respect. Insight, the magazine for the watchdog group Organized Crime in the Americas, reports on the details: “The two-story underground facility, used to produce methamphetamine, had an elevator and air conditioning system. Hidden just outside the city of Culiacan, the lab measured 39 feet long by 33 feet wide, and was equipped with a kitchen, bedrooms, workrooms and a warehouse.” Officers bagged 260 kilos of methamphetamine, 180 gallons of liquid meth, and uncounted additional bags of “precursor materials” during the cleanup"

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Dirk Hanson, MA, is a freelance science writer and the author of The Chemical Carousel: What Science Tells Us About Beating Addiction. He is also the author of The New Alchemists: Silicon Valley and the Microelectronics Revolution. He has worked as a business and science reporter for numerous magazines and trade publications including Wired, Scientific American, The Dana Foundation and more. He currently edits the Addiction Inbox blog. Email: [email protected]