LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized a shipment of more than 3,000 pounds of chemicals that can be used to make methamphetamine and ecstasy, authorities said Thursday.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore reports.

Forty drums containing 2,200 pounds of methylamine hydrochloride and two barrels containing 880 pounds of ethyl phenyl acetate were seized Sept. 29 at an air cargo consignment facility, said Jaime Ruiz of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The chemicals were in a shipment that had arrived from China, with a final destination in the state of Illinois, Ruiz said. The chemicals are known as “precursors,” and are used in the manufacturing process of methamphetamine and ecstasy.

“In terms of volume, this is a significant interception and definitely one of the largest `meth precursor’ seizures at LAX in recent years,” said Todd Owen, CBP’s director of field operations in Los Angeles.

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Comments (12)
  1. The real T says:

    Great Job 🙂 hope ya get em all !! 🙂

  2. Phiilip says:

    Cupcake flavor enhancer……

  3. ransomlb says:

    This meth problem has an easy fix to it – advertise free meth, set them up in a confined area to live rent free (possilbly closed military facilities) and supply them with all the meth they need until everyone is dead. If they have access to unlimited amounts, it should take a month tops to clean house. And you repeat process until desired result!

    1. The Big Logic says:

      Cool post..Thanks!

    2. Big H says:

      Not a such a smart idea thier knuckle head, if there ever was a gateway drug this one is it. The majority of cocaine and herion addicts move from Meth on up. Meth only comes from inside the USA. Those checmicals need monitored more closely to prevent them being used to make Meth

      1. ransomlb says:

        Don’t call me a knucklehead. If you took the pipe out of your mouth for one second, you would figure out that all meth addicts would be dead because once they go in, they don’t come out.

        Secondly, I hate term Gateway drug. I smoke pot but have not done meth, herion, coke or nicoteen. If someone wants to do a ‘worse’ drug, they don’t do it because of a pre-cursor drug – they do it because they are weak, stupid or a combo thereof.

        Meth is only made in USA…I said, “Take the pipe out of your mouth” because it is hurting your brain. The Mexican cartels are getting into meth more and more because of 1) ease of production and 2) profit margins.

        Now please, do all of the meth you have and do it all right now. And then go buy more and do it again. Can you please repeat the process until you can’t!!!

  4. Melvin Blake says:

    A several mexicans individuals along with an American were also arrested and detained in China for an allegation of transporting cocaine. http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/19/hong-kong-police-seize-cocaine-worth-77m/?test=latestnews

    There is a mexican, there is drug, then there is disease.

  5. mario m. garcia says:

    but no one get arreted.

  6. Sad man says:

    i cant believe all that meth went to waste… my son and i would have used it up in a month anyway lol

  7. Lost and FOUND! says:

    So, thats where all my meth went

  8. Lost and FOUND! says:

    So, thats where all my meth went!

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