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U.S. Border Protection Intercepts 520 Pounds Of Chemicals For ILLEGAL DRUGS – FoxNews.com

September 1, 2011

Eight drums of methylamine hydrochloride were discovered in August at an air cargo facility at Los Angeles International Airport.

U.S. Border Protection Intercepts 520 Pounds of Chemicals En Route to Mexico

By Edmund DeMarche

Published September 01, 2011 | FoxNews.com

A recent U.S. drug bust shows that trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border is a two-way street.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Los Angeles said Thursday they intercepted 520 pounds of a chemical used in illegal drugs like methamphetamine and ecstasy — contraband caught not while it was coming into the United States from Mexico but while it was traveling south out of the U.S.

The meth component was being sent from China to drug traffickers in Mexico.

The chemical, methylamine hydrochloride, was discovered in August at an air cargo facility at Los Angeles International Airport, the agency said. Judging by the shipment’s size, it could have produced 330 pounds of the drug methamphetamine.

A spokesman from border protection said Mexican drug cartels have been growing desperate in recent months due to the increased enforcement on the U.S. southern border.

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