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Another massive cocaine shipment seized off coast of Acapulco

Acapulco, Guerrero — Members of the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico say they have seized a vessel transporting drugs off the coast of Acapulco.

The seizure occurred on a beach near the town of El Calvario where upon inspection, navy offices found nearly a ton of cocaine. The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico reports the drug bust happened about a 148 kilometers northeast of Acapulco, Guerrero.

In a press release, La Marina reported personnel from the Eighth Naval Region based in Acapulco secured a smaller vessel which contained 19 sacks with an estimated one-ton of cocaine. The boat was discovered during a maritime surveillance operation when an aircraft of the Mexican Navy saw a vessel with suspicious cargo.

Photo: Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México

After establishing a joint operation with ships, naval units and Marine Corp personnel to intercept the vessel, the navy managed to reach the boat once it touched the mainland in the municipality of Petatlán where the crew fled.

During their operation, naval members secured a Reformeña-type boat with two high-power motors, which transported the drugs which weighed approximately 800 kilograms. On board, officers also found 42 50-liter fuel drums.

The cocaine, fuel and boat were delivered to authorities.