The recent execution-style slayings of three men have sent shock waves across Argentina, which has largely been spared the drug violence seen in places like Mexico and Colombia. These killings, authorities say, were related to a more prosaic product: ephedrine, the synthetic stimulant found in cough and cold remedies. Ephedrine is also used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, the highly addictive drug long a scourge in the United States.
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