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Mexico makes historic seizure of fentanyl in state of Sinaloa

Culiacán, Sinaloa — A historic seizure of fentanyl has been made by Mexican authorities in Culiacán, Sinaloa. Elements of Sedena and the National Guard seized 542.72 kilos of the drug, the highest recorded to date.

During the operation, 10 alleged drug traffickers were also captured. The successful operation was the result of intelligence work. The drug was located inside a warehouse in the Las Palmas neighborhood in the municipality of Culiacán. Authorities say the warehouse was used as a space for the collection of drugs by members of organized crime based in the state.

Inside, authorities also seized 555.59 kilograms of methamphetamine, 31.02 kilograms of cocaine, 19 kilograms of opium gum, 6.97 kilograms of heroin, chemical precursors, 71.025 kilograms of chemical precursors, 67,942 liters of chemical substances, and six one-kilogram blocks of a black chemical material.

“This seizure of pure fentanyl is considered the largest in history and would have an estimated price in the national market of 970 million pesos,” the agency said in a statement.