Marines stand guard over drug precursor in Manzanillo. Marines stand guard over the shipment in Manzanillo.

18-tonne shipment of drug precursor seized

It was the second such shipment to Manzanillo in a week

A large shipment of drug precursor has been seized at the port of Manzanillo, Colima, for the second time in a week.


An inspection by Customs agents and Navy personnel turned up the 18-tonne shipment of phenylacetic acid inside 720 containers aboard the vessel Wan Hai 55. The goods had been shipped from Shanghai, China.

Another 18-tonne shipment of the same chemical precursor was discovered last Wednesday, also in Mananillo.

It too had arrived from Shanghai.

Phenylacetic acid is used in the production of methamphetamine.

At least five secret drug laboratories have been destroyed in Sinaloa in the last three weeks, all of which were manufacturing methamphetamine.

Source: Milenio (sp)

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  • cooncats

    I wonder if anyone will ever figure out the Chinese are no ones friends.

  • Commander Barkfeather

    Drug running is illegal in Mexico. The captains and crews of these vessels should be in Mexican jails right now. Somehow, I doubt that they are. On a different tangent: for hundreds of years the British Empire forced the Chinese, practically at gunpoint, to purchase and use opium produced in the British colony of India, in exchange for Chinese silks and other trade goods. The Chinese are exceptional students.