Sort of like what Starbucks did for coffee. It's no longer a home-brew activity.
Consider this bust at LAX, announced today by U.S. Customs and Border protection:
Agents say they nabbed 5,700 pounds of a meth precursor chemical known as methylamine chloride. And, as an indication of how industrialized and international the crystal biz has become, the stuff wasn't headed for a trailer park:
No, it was going from China to Mexico, with a stop at LAX, federal agents say.
The final product made from the methylamine chloride could have been worth a whopping $40 million, according to the CPB.
Two shipments, 80 bags worth, were intercepted on April 19 and 23, authorities said.
Methylamine chloride is a corrosive, flammable, strong-odor chemical. In one pathway, it is essential to manufacture methamphetamine and ecstasy. Methylamine chloride is a List 1 controlled substance by the DEA with many legitimate industrial applications in pesticides, solvents and pharmaceutical products.
Darn, said the toothless guy.