January 18, 2014
(NaturalNews) In the biggest meth bust so far this year, over 180 people were recently arrested when more than three tons of crystal methamphetamine worth $230 million was seized in the Chinese village of Boshe earlier this month. The massive raid involved 3,000 officers equipped with helicopters, motorboats and drug-sniffing dogs.
Another 22 tons of raw materials were also seized from the rows of houses in Boshe, a place where a fifth of all households are reportedly involved in illegal drug operations. According to the LA Times, “Piles of waste reportedly littered the town, and residents openly stored the raw ingredients beside their homes.” Those living in Boshe complained that the noxious fumes from the immense drug cooking operation had thoroughly polluted the soil in the area to the point where people could no longer get any crops to grow. Over nine tons of illegal drugs have been confiscated from that area in the last six months alone.
Although many are aware that China already holds the title of the world’s largest exporter, most wouldn’t even consider that to include the tons of precursor chemicals used in illegal drug manufacturing that the nation ships out every year. Thousands upon thousands of pounds of these chemicals, originating in China, are seized annually. Even though many of the drugs smuggled into the U.S. come from Mexico, when people in Mexico want to make those drugs, China supplies much of the cheap chemical components with which to do so.
In the summer of 2012 alone, Mexican authorities intercepted 900 tons of meth-making chemicals shipped from China, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized two shipments containing 5,700 pounds of methylamine chloride, another common meth component, worth $40 million attempting to enter the country from China at LAX airport. That same year, Belize authorities also stopped a single shipment of meth from China worth an estimated $10 billion. The South China Morning Post just reported that the Hong Kong triads – China’s mafia-style organized crime syndicate – are also the major suppliers of Mexico’s infamous Sinaloa cartel.