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AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 19:  Detective Paul Baker holds two rocks of crystal meth with a street value of NZD$83,000 alongside firearms that were confiscated as part of Operation Slab at the North Shore Policing Centre on August 19, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Police executed 22 search warrants across New Zealand and raided six crime labs resulting in the seizure of 140 grams of crystal meth, weapons and drug manufacturing equipment. Ten suspects were arrested as a part of the raid and will appear in the Auckland District Court.  (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images) AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 19: Detective Paul Baker holds two rocks of crystal meth with a street value of NZD$83,000 alongside firearms that were confiscated as part of Operation Slab at the North Shore Policing Centre on August 19, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Police executed 22 search warrants across New Zealand and raided six crime labs resulting in the seizure of 140 grams of crystal meth, weapons and drug manufacturing equipment. Ten suspects were arrested as a part of the raid and will appear in the Auckland District Court. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)  

Mexican drug raid seizes meth stash worth $4 billion

The Mexican army has uncovered a 15-ton stash of methamphetamine worth $4 billion in the state of Jalisco. Soldiers found the “ice” haul in Tlajomulco de Zuniga, a suburb of Mexico’s second largest city, Guadalajara.

The seizure was equal to half the total meth seizures worldwide in 2009, according to the most recent data available. It is also four times the size of one 3.4-ton yield that made global news last summer.

Methamphetamine production is rising in Mexico.  Currently most of the meth sold in the U.S. is sourced south of the border, according to government sources.

The increase in meth production is due to efforts by the Sinaloa Cartel, headed by Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, whom the U.S. Treasury Department identifies as the most powerful drug trafficker in the world.

The Sinaloa Cartel already enjoys close ties with the U.S., but it reportedly aims to spread production of methamphetamine into the mountains of Guatemala.  An alliance with Guatemalan traffickers now threatens to make the Central American nation a base for international meth production.

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