Mexico seizes 140 litres of morphine used to make heroin

Heroin displayed at a  news conference in New York. (File Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP)
Heroin displayed at a news conference in New York. (File Photo: Mark Lennihan, AP)

Mexico City — The Mexican army says soldiers have seized 140 litres of liquid morphine and 43.4 kilograms of opium paste in a rural area of the northern state of Sinaloa.

Opium paste is extracted from poppy bulbs, and later process into morphine and then heroin. Much of it is shipped to the United States by drug cartels.

The army said on Wednesday the drugs were seized on July 31, after an army patrol saw a group of men flee. The drugs were found in plastic jugs hidden under a tarp.

The seizure occurred in the township of Badiraguato, the hometown of imprisoned Sinaloa cartel leader Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The army estimated the raw materials would have produced about 140 kilograms of heroin.

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