Feb 9, 2012
Drug Trafficking: Record Meth Seizure Suggests Mexico has New 'Cash Crop'
InSight Crime: "The Mexican Army seized a record 15 tons of pure methamphetamine in Jalisco, in a sign that criminal groups in the region are increasingly reliant on the drug, which is easier to produce than cocaine, and immune to the drought currently affecting Mexico's marijuana crops.
... Methamphetamine is relatively cheap to produce and is not at the mercy of shifting weather patterns, unlike Mexico's marijuana and opium producers, who, according to the Mexican Army, have lost much of their crop to a prolonged drought in the northern border states. Along with stiffer competition from the US marijuana industry along the West Coast, this helps explain the jump in Mexico's meth production in recent years." read more