Mexican federal investigators discovered an active fentanyl lab and seized 33,000 pills and 25 pounds of powder after a search warrant was executed at a residence in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
Personal de la #FGR en #Sinaloa aseguró más de 33 mil pastillas de fentanilo, heroína y ácido clorhídrico, al cumplimentar una orden de cateo en #Culiacán. https://t.co/nrQeXkivKQ pic.twitter.com/suZ2mX8t1O
— FGR México (@FGRMexico) April 17, 2019
The investigation began after state police attempted to make contact with two suspicious individuals traveling on a motorcycle in Culiacán. The armored police patrol came under fire from the individuals on the motorcycle and a short pursuit ensued, which led to a residence in colonia Lomas de San Isidro, according to State Secretary of Public Security Cristóbal Castañeda Camarillo. The two individuals fled into the residence. State police noticed the strong odor of chemicals and numerous bags containing pills in the home.
The state police secured the residence and contacted federal authorities. After obtaining a search warrant, federal officers entered the residence and discovered an active fentanyl lab and seized 33,919 pills. An additional 29 bags of the opiod in powdered form measured 11.5 kilograms (25 pounds). Investigators also recovered nearly 13 pounds heroin and other chemical precursors, according to a media release from the federal prosecutor’s office (PGR).
According to Breitbart law enforcement sources, the lab is believed to belong to the Sinaloa Cartel.
In December 2018, federal investigators discovered an active fentanyl lab belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico City. The discovery was the result of an investigation by the Attorney General’s Office of Mexico. Authorities executed a search warrant inside a building housing the city hall for the Azcapotzalco municipal government, located in the northwest section of Mexico City.
Robert Arce is a retired Phoenix Police detective with extensive experience working Mexican organized crime and street gangs. Arce has worked in the Balkans, Iraq, Haiti, and recently completed a three-year assignment in Monterrey, Mexico, working out of the Consulate for the United States Department of State, International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Program, where he was the Regional Program Manager for Northeast Mexico (Coahuila, Tamaulipas, Nuevo Leon, Durango, San Luis Potosi, Zacatecas.) You can follow him on Twitter. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org