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Italian ship bound for US found transporting drugs while docked at Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — A review of an Italian ship heading for the United States has led to the discovery of packages of cocaine hidden in a storage compartment.

Six packets of drugs, reported to be cocaine, were found inside a storage area of the bathroom of a cruise ship docked on Cozumel Tuesday morning. The cruise ship, MSC Divina, was sailing from the Cayman Islands bound for the United States.

Prior to its arrival, information about the possibility of a suspicious package was sent to the Office of the Attorney General of the Republic (FGR), which led to the inspection. The FGR alert was provided by personnel of the Customs and Migration Department at approximately 10:55 a.m.

Upon a review of the ship, officers found the six packages of cocaine hidden inside a bathroom compartment. The Italian ship was bound for Miami.

The search operation involved the Federal Ministerial Police, Navy Secretariat, Federal Police and personnel of the Sistema de Administración Tributaria (SAT) — Tax Administration System.

There were no reported arrests at the time of the discovery.