A huge meth and fentanyl lab capable of manufacturing 11,000 pounds of material at any given time was seized Monday in a government raid.
"We have no record of any seizure of equipment of this size before," said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of the federal Attorney General's office.
The lab operated in a secret warehouse behind a storefront on the outskirts of Mexico City. The store – listed as a retailer of industrial cleaning products — concealed the work of the lab, which had numerous 265-gallon tanks holding precursor chemicals used in the creation of fentanyl, a drug 100 times more potent than morphine.
The bust was part of a coordinated government raids that led to the seizure of two additional labs. At one of the labs, authorities seized nearly 640 pounds of high-purity meth.
All of the facilities were reportedly run by the same cartel.
Mexican authorities were first alerted to the presence of the labs after Mexican marines received intelligence that intelligence chemicals used to create fentanyl were being imported from Hong Kong. Authorities then traced a shipment to the port of Ensenada, confirmed the presence of these chemicals, and traced them to their destinations within Mexico.