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Navy seizes more than 1,300 kilos of cocaine off coast of Oaxaca

Huatulco, Oaxaca — More than 1,300 kilos of cocaine has been seized from two small vessels off the coast of Oaxaca. The Secretary of the Navy reported the seizure with the help of vessels and a helicopter.

On Wednesday, naval personnel secured two smaller vessels with approximately 1,347 kilograms of cocaine approximately 135 nautical miles (250 kilometers) west of Huatulco, Oaxaca.

The vessels were detected during a maritime surveillance patrol operation off the coast of Huatulco. The two vessels were being followed by navy personnel. When their crew realized that they had been identified, they went to Laguna de Chacahua where they began unloading material and personnel into a parked vehicle.

Subsequently, a helicopter arrived, causing them to flee in the vehicle, which began a persecution that ended in the town of El Azufre where they fled on foot, leaving the vehicle and the cargo abandoned. From inside the abandoned vehicle, authorities seized 36 packages of cocaine.

So far this year, the navy has seized more than 14,000 kilos of cocaine at sea. They have also seized 33 boats, 39,295 liters of fuel, a vehicle and 71 outboard motors in addition to arresting 107 people.