Mexico: The Mexican navy seizes nearly 10 tons of liquid meth from tequila bottles
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, MAMOS Nigeria
11,520 bottles of tequila intended for export that actually contained nearly 10 tons of concentrated liquid meth were intercepted by Mexican navy inspectors.
The bottles, which were seized over the weekend at the seaport of Manzanillo on the Pacific coast, contained approximately 8,640 kilograms (roughly 19,000 pounds) of meth.
Photographs of the seizure show a sniffer canine making examiners aware of cardboard boxes of glass bottles loaded with a caramel fluid, predictable with the shade of “añejo” or matured tequila. The bottles’ labels were not visible.
The only country in the world that makes genuine tequila is Mexico. Consuming the mixture would be extremely dangerous, even though no cases of such bottles reaching consumers have been reported.
Because Mexico is now a major producer of meth, drug smugglers are frequently stopped at the border with containers containing liquid meth in their vehicles, such as windshield washer fluid.
Smugglers typically recover the liquid meth and transport it to specialized facilities, where the water is extracted and typically returned in crystal form.