The Mexican Navy (SEMAR) reported the seizure of 334 kilos of cocaine hydrochloride hidden in a Singapore flag ship after an inspection was in the port of Lzaro Crdenas in Michoacn (Pacific coast). The cargo was hidden in bags that were carried as legal cargo in a container on the PACE ship registered under the flag of Singapore. The Navy stated that this seizure was caused as a result of the joint work of the Marine Port Protection Unit (UNAPROP) No. 63 attached to the Tenth Sea Zone and the maritime customs of the port of Lzaro Crdenas, Michoacn.
This action was carried out on February 25, when naval personnel, in coordination with elements of customs, inspected a container on the ship PACE, which was marked as Singapore. The ship was inspected and some of its containers were opened by customs personnel in the presence of elements of the Navy as they posed a likely risk to the carriage of illegal cargo. In one of the containers, the seafarers found eight packages wrapped in sack-like material and containing a total of 293 brick-shaped packages.
With the support of dog mating, the naval personnel immediately carried out a check that gave positive results for narcotics and then coordinated with the Public Prosecutor’s Office (FGR) the taking and analysis of samples as well as the weighing of the suspected illegal cargo to integrate the relevant investigation folder.
SEMAR stated that as a coast guard and in exercise of the application of the International Code for the Protection of Ships and Port Facilities (ISPS), elements of the Mexican Navy also carried out an inspection of the ship and its crew. Marine personnel underwater conducted a live work check on the ship without finding any more drug packages. Eventually the FGR ratified the results of the investigation and gave a positive result for cocaine hydrochloride weighing approximately 334,474 kilograms. (Jorge Alejandro Medelln)
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