Mexico says major drug lab busted with 50 tons of synthetics

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say they have busted a major narcotics lab in the northern state of Sinaloa with about 50 tons of synthetic drugs.

A navy statement says the raid took place Thursday in the mountains near the town of Alcoyonqui, east of the state capital of Culiacan. Besides the lab, marines found two underground storage areas.

The navy said Friday that the raid yielded “approximately 50 tons of processed solid and liquid Crystal drugs, stored in containers and drums of different capacities.”

Marines also found “chemical precursors, material and equipment for production of the synthetic drug.”

The materials and chemicals were incinerated at the scene due to its remote location. There was no mention of any arrests.

The state is the home base of the powerful Sinaloa cartel.