Mexican soldiers in record opium seizure

Last Updated: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 14:15

Mexico City: Mexican authorities said they made their largest seizure ever of opium gum -- used to produce heroin -- at a home in the southwest coastal state of Guerrero.

Mexican soldiers confiscated 245 kilos (540 pounds) in the town of Chilpancingo, according to the Secretariat of National Defence.

The seizure has a street value of over USD 12 million, officials said, adding that the opium gum -- taken from poppy plants -- could have been refined to obtain more than 600,000 doses of heroin.
Two people were detained in the raid.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, January 21, 2011 - 14:15

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