Chemical company fined $1.3M for missing meth ingredient

Chemical company fined $1.3M for missing meth ingredient

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Pennsylvania chemical company has agreed to pay a $1.3 million fine for shipping tons of a methamphetamine ingredient to Mexico without knowing how it would be used or who was receiving it.

Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday that Allentown-based Taminco agreed to plead guilty to six charges it shipped monomethylamine without verifying the buyers and failed to notify authorities when it discovered some shipments disappeared in 2010.

MMA is federally regulated because it can be used to make meth.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration started investigating in 2011 after finding evidence of some of the missing shipments in an abandoned house and storage unit in southern Arizona.

A spokeswoman for Taminco’s parent company, Eastman Chemical, says Taminco cooperated with the investigation and the activity took place before Eastman acquired it.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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