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Navy personnel seize more than a ton of cocaine off coast of Oaxaca

Santa Cruz Huatulco, Oaxaca — More than a ton of cocaine was seized off the coast of Oaxaca this week. The Secretary of the Navy reported that personnel of the Eighteenth Naval Zone based in Santa Cruz Huatulco, Oaxaca, made the seizure in two different operations.

In two different operations, Navy personnel managed to secure approximately 1,055 (one thousand and fifty-five) kilograms of alleged cocaine hydrochloride and a boat with 18 (eighteen) drums of fuel, as well as the arrest of three alleged transgressors on the coast of Oaxaca.

The first operation was carried out on October 20 approximately 160 nautical miles (296.32 kilometers) south of the port of Santa Cruz Huatulco, Oaxaca, after a probable transfer of illicit cargo became known.

Air and surface units (ships) of the Mexican Navy were deployed, spotting a boat with three crew members, who, realizing the presence of naval personnel, threw packages into the sea and fled.

Once the illicit cargo was recovered, 55 packages of cocaine hydrochloride weighing approximately 1,055 (one thousand fifty-five) kilograms was recorded.

Following up on the aforementioned event, a second operation carried out on the 21st of October approximately 103 nautical miles (190.75 kilometers) west of the port of Santa Cruz, Huatulco, Oaxaca, allowed a Mexican Navy helicopter to locate a suspicious vessel with two outboard motors, 18 fuel drums, with a capacity of 50 liters each, and three crew members on board.