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Police bust meth superlab [OR]
    #4250310 - 06/02/05 11:39 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Police bust meth superlab
Agents arrest 15 after shutting down a site in Brownsville that could crank out 90 pounds of the drug in a 48- to 72-hour period

June 1, 2005 - oregonlive.com

Oregon police and federal agents have dismantled a massive methamphetamine lab capable of producing 400,000 doses of pure meth at a time -- enough to intoxicate the entire adult population of Portland.

Officials said the "superlab" was discovered Thursday in the Willamette Valley town of Brownsville. The lab was at a mobile home on a rural, 10-acre property and was capable of producing 90 pounds of pure methamphetamine in a 48- to 72-hour period.

The lab had been in operation for at least five months, according to indictments filed in federal court in Portland.

The find, which U.S. Attorney Karin J. Immergut described as one of the largest labs in Oregon history, was extremely unusual in a number of ways.

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration officials say superlabs operated by Mexican drug trafficking organizations now produce about 65 percent of all meth sold in the United States. But the number of superlabs seized in the United States has been falling dramatically in recent years. There were 53 seized last year, down from 244 in 2001, according to the DEA. Agency officials say the reason is that Mexican traffickers increasingly are moving their superlabs south of the border.

In Oregon, only a handful of superlabs -- defined as a lab capable of producing at least 10 pounds a batch -- are uncovered each year, according to Sgt. Joel Lujan of the Oregon State Police drug enforcement section.

"Most of the labs that we're finding are going to be the tweaker labs," Lujan said, referring to labs run by meth users for their own consumption. Those labs typically produce less than an ounce of meth at a time.

A single dose of meth is one-tenth of a gram. Ninety pounds of pure meth would make 400,000 doses; if cut to street purity of 50 percent, it would make 800,000 doses.

Drug agents arrested 15 people in connection with the Brownsville case, according to Immergut's office. Most were Mexican citizens living in Salem.

Details of how the investigation unfolded remained sketchy Tuesday. Salem Police Sgt. Pat Garrett, a member of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration task force involved in the case, said agents were investigating some of the suspects for several months. Surveillance led agents to the mobile home in Brownsville.

"We had people we believed to be involved in the production of methamphetamine who led us to the lab site," Garrett said.

Stains on the walls of the mobile home suggested the lab operators were making meth inside, but much of the lab's equipment and chemicals were in storage outside the home.

In addition to three pounds of finished meth and $195,000 in cash, agents found 150 pounds of iodine and 20 to 30 pounds of red phosphorous. Those chemicals make it possible to convert pseudoephedrine, a common cold remedy ingredient, to methamphetamine.

Garrett said the lab operators had finished their latest batch Wednesday.

"There was no more pseudoephedrine left," Garrett said. "They had done their cook and finished the product and were waiting to do the next cook."

Five 22-liter flasks, used to create the pseudoephedrine reaction, were found in a nearby rental truck, where they had apparently been stored.

Experts said each 22-liter flask can produce, at most, 15 pounds of meth at a time, for a total of 75 pounds. But Garrett said the lab operators had enough chemicals to make 90 pounds of meth if they ran the flasks simultaneously and replenished some as the reaction unfolded.

Five of the 15 people arrested were charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth. Sonia Violet Garcia, 20, of Brownsville, was arraigned Friday.

Four others, all Salem residents, are scheduled to make initial court appearances today: Arturo Arevalo-Cuevas, 22; Miguel Silva Chava, 26; Venancio Villalobos-Soto, 40; and Adriana Arevalo-Cuevas, 29.


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Re: Police bust meth superlab [OR] [Re: veggie]
    #4250359 - 06/02/05 11:48 PM (11 years, 6 months ago)

Wow. Enough with meth. Christ.


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Re: Police bust meth superlab [OR] [Re: psyillyazul]
    #8591959 - 07/03/08 05:22 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

so, illegal alliens are going BACK across the border to cook 90lbs of meth in a weekend, then come back to the USA to sell it dirt cheap, just to repeat the process over and over.

Wow who gave the mexicans the recipe for Ice anyhow?


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Re: Police bust meth superlab [OR] [Re: jeetered]
    #8592332 - 07/03/08 06:59 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

lol the mexis no how to make ice
its not like it takes a average mind to cook it unlike cid


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Re: Police bust meth superlab [OR] [Re: Coaster]
    #8595510 - 07/04/08 06:35 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

Coaster said:
lol the mexis no how to make ice
its not like it takes a average mind to cook it unlike cid




true, but the mexi's have uncontrolled access to cid precursors.


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Re: Police bust meth superlab [OR] [Re: jeetered]
    #8595535 - 07/04/08 06:47 PM (8 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

jeetered said:

Wow who gave the mexicans the recipe for Ice anyhow?



Anyone with basic organic chemistry background can formulate the simple reduction needed for that procedure.

I don't know why Mexico doesn't get with the program and dump that meth garbage and start synthing MDMA, LSD and K, that would be great:)


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