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Meth Chemicals Smuggled as Cleaning Products

EL SALVADOR / 10 MAY 2011 BY HANNAH STONE EN

El Salvador's police found 45 barrels of a precursor chemical used to produce methamphetamine, which they say was smuggled into the country disguised as cleaning product.

The store of phenyl ethyl acetate was discovered in a house in the west El Salvadoran coastal state of Usulutan, reports newspaper La Prensa Grafica.

Authorities arrested a man who they say trafficked the chemicals into the country, and kept them stored in the house. Police said that the drugs would be worth $91 million after processing.

Latin American drug gangs are increasingly moving into the production of crystal meth, a drug that is in growing demand in the U.S.

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