Inspectors for the Mexican Navy discovered 11,520 tequila bottles filled with almost 10 tons of concentrated liquid meth in the port of Manzanillo, the Navy said in a statement Monday.
Officials said the drugs were spotted using a “chemical identification system and a canine binomial trained for drug location.” The Pharmacology and Toxicology Laboratory of the Ministry of the Navy later confirmed the substances were methamphetamine.
“It should be noted that, during the current year, the Secretary of the Navy through the Mexican Navy has insured and destroyed approximately 114.3 tons of methamphetamine,” the Navy said, according to a translation of the statement.
“In this way, the Secretary of the Navy through the Mexican Navy, together with authorities from the three levels of government, contributes with these actions to weaken the distribution of drugs of criminal groups operating in the aforementioned region of the country, significantly affecting its financial and operational structure, helping with the country’s internal security, endorsing its commitment to Mexican families to work for their safety,” it added.
As part of a broader effort to stop the flow of drugs from Mexico to the United States, U.S. officials recently revealed that they’ve infiltrated the Mexican drug organization behind the fentanyl crisis killing thousands of Americans annually, according to The Associated Press.
“Over the last year and a half, the DEA proactively infiltrated the Sinaloa Cartel and the Chapitos network, obtained unprecedented access to the organization’s highest levels, and followed them across the world,” Anne Milgram, head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, said in a statement.
Last month, a Pentagon study revealed nearly 80 percent of young Americans do not qualify for military service without a waiver due to drug use, obesity, or other mental and physical problems.
“When considering youth disqualified for one reason alone, the most prevalent disqualification rates are overweight (11 percent), drug and alcohol abuse (8 percent), and medical/physical health (7 percent),” the Pentagon’s 2020 Qualified Military Available Study of Americans between the ages of 17 and 24 read.