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Military force lands second drug plane in a week found flying in Mexican airspace

Miguel Hidalgo, Campeche — A plane detected in Mexico’s air space was forced down near the town of Miguel Hidalgo in the state of Campeche. Over the weekend, elements of the Secretary of National Defense (Sedena) seized a plane found transporting just over 460 kilograms of cocaine.

The plane was detected by the Comprehensive Air Surveillance System of Sedena when it entered the national airspace. Two FAM Embraer EMB-145 planes were deployed who followed the small aircraft until it made a forced landing 79 kilometers east of Miguel Hidalgo.

Upon landing, vehicles and civilian personnel were waiting, however, Sedena dispatched a Heliborne Reaction Force aboard three UH-60 helicopters, prompting the plane’s crew and the people who were waiting to flee.

Inside the unidentified plane, military personnel found 38 packages of cocaine weighing 460.5 kilos.

A week ago, another small plane that was detected flying in Mexico airspace was forced to land in Chiapas. Inside the plane, military personnel located six white packages of cocaine weighing approximately 136 kilograms as well as 13 drums with 650 liters of aviation fuel.