German, Czech police break up crystal meth gang

German, Czech authorities seize 2.9 tons of chemical used to make crystal meth, arrest 15

BERLIN (AP) -- German authorities say they have seized 2.9 tons of a chemical used to produce crystal meth in an operation that brought 15 arrests in Germany and the Czech Republic.

The Federal Criminal Police Office said Thursday the chloroephedrine seized could have been used to produce 2.3 tons of crystal meth with a street value of 184 million euros ($230 million).

The police office says seven suspected members of a drug-producing gang and a suspected customer were arrested in Leipzig last week and cash, ammunition and stolen identity papers seized. Czech authorities arrested another seven, seizing firearms and cash.

Police say the gang had chloroephedrine produced elsewhere in Europe and delivered to Germany. From there, it was transported in smaller quantities across the Czech border for use in producing crystal meth.