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Sedena says Mexico made its largest fentanyl seizure in history

Culiacán, Sinaloa — Elements of the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena), National Guard (GN) and the Attorney General’s Office (FGR) have arrested Armando Batiz Camarena, an alleged drug producer of the Sinaloa Cartel.

His arrest took place on October 28, however, the press are only now being told about it. In addition to his arrest, four of his collaborators were also apprehended along with 118 kilograms of pure fentanyl.

Arresting bodies say the seizure was the largest in Mexico history with a market value in excess of 970 million peso.

During their operation, five buildings were also seized, one of which, was being used as a synthetic drug laboratory, while another served as a collection center.

From inside the five residential buildings, authorities say they seized 118 kilograms of fentanyl, four bags of precursor chemical substances of fentanyl paste, two kilograms of a chemical compound Inositol, a long weapon, four short weapons, more than 1,000 cartridges of various calibers, two vehicles, 86,000 pesos in cash, $14,660 USD, 160 Venezuelan bolivares and utensils for the production of synthetic drugs.

The four others arrested were located hiding inside the buildings.

“It is presumed that the activity of those now detained consisted of the monthly production of approximately 70 kilograms of base paste for the manufacture of 70 million fentanyl pills to supply the Pacific Cartel, with both national and international logistical presence”, says the statement from Sedena.

Arresting agencies say the operation was carried out “without firing a single shot”. All five had their first day in court in November 2 and are to remain in preventative detention during their trials.