Synthetic Drug Lab Busts Rising in Mexico’s Sinaloa State

10/13/16 InSight Crime

drugsMexican authorities have warned of an increase in seizures of drug labs in Sinaloa state, a sign that criminal organizations may be diversifying their drug production and trafficking activities to put more focus on synthetic drugs.

Regional military commander Rogelio Terán Contreras recently said that the number of synthetic drug labs discovered in Sinaloa has been increasing, reported El Universal.

According to official statistics, authorities destroyed 47 of these clandestine labs in 2014. That figure rose to 80 in 2015, and so far this year at least 55 have been destroyed, suggesting the 2016 total could equal or surpass the 2015 total by year’s end.

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