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Mexican Navy seize nearly two tons of cocaine in at-sea operations

Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán — In recent days, nearly two tons of cocaine has been confiscated at sea by the Navy of Mexico. In those seizures, six people were arrested.

The Secretary of the Navy reported approximately 1,969.8 kilograms of cocaine hydrochloride was located and seized by Mexican officials in two operations.

Navy personnel from the Fourteenth Naval Zone based in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, attached to the Tenth Naval Region, located in Manzanillo, Colima, made the seizures this week during routine surveillance operations.

In one operation, a small vessel with six crew members on board was found transporting brick-shaped packages of alleged cocaine which weighed approximately 424.62 kilograms.

All six were detained and remain in jail during the ongoing investigation.

In a second event, naval personnel spotted black packages floating approximately 50 nautical miles (92.6 kilometers) southwest of the port of Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán.

The floating packages were recovered and found to be cocaine hydrochloride that weighed approximately 1,545.2 kilos.

“These actions are part of the maritime, air and land surveillance operations carried out by the Secretary of the Navy through the Mexican Navy in national waters, to inhibit criminal action in order to guarantee and maintain the rule of law in the Zones. Mexican Navy,” the Secretary of the Navy said in a statement.