The Mexican Navy made a shocking discovery as they raided a methamphetamine laboratory run by a notorious drug cartel.
Mexican Navy Discovers 110 Pounds of Dynamite in Cartel-Operated Drug Lab
The Mexican navy surprise came when they stumbled upon a hidden cache of 110 pounds of dynamite concealed within the cave-like structure in the northern state of Sinaloa, which is also the headquarters of the drug cartel of the same name. This marked the first time that the Mexican Navy had encountered such explosive materials, raising concerns about their intended use against law enforcement personnel and vehicles. Mexican navy authorities suspect that the dynamite may have been earmarked for use in creating deadly “mines and explosive artifacts,” tactics that drug cartels have increasingly employed to target and attack security forces in Mexico. Photos from the Mexican navy scene revealed boxes labeled “Explosives Blasting Type E,” suggesting they were of local origin and possibly destined for the mining or construction industry. Instances of explosives theft from mines in the country have been reported previously, intensifying concerns about cartel armament.
Mexican Navy Foils Plans for Dynamite Use Against Law Enforcement
The Mexican navy raid didn’t stop at the discovery of explosives. The Mexican Navy Marines also encountered three other drug labs, containing nearly 19,000 pounds of methamphetamine nearing completion, along with over 14,000 pounds of other chemicals and precursors used in the production of synthetic drugs. The combined value of the seized drugs and materials exceeded a staggering $30 million. This significant find comes in the wake of escalating violence and tactics employed by Mexican drug cartels, with recent instances of coordinated roadway bombings and car bombs targeting law enforcement officers. The Mexican Navy, in their ongoing fight against drug trafficking, has so far destroyed 92 secret drug labs, seized 125 tons of methamphetamine, and confiscated a staggering 285 tons of chemical substances and precursors this year alone. The discovery of the Mexican Nacy dynamite cache serves as a stark reminder of the challenges faced in combatting drug cartels and their increasingly sophisticated operations.