Mexican Navy seize 725kg of cocaine and arrest four off Pacific coast

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Forensic technicians of the Mexican Navy are seen at a clandestine drug processing laboratory where they seized 50 tons of methamphetamine discovered during an operation in the town of Alcoyonqui, on the outskirts of Culiacan, Mexico, in this handout photo released to Reuters by Mexico's Navy on August 17, 2018. REUTERS

MEXICO CITY (Xinhua) – Marines seized 725 kilos of cocaine and arrested four men on a vessel in waters off the south Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, the Mexican Naval Ministry said on Wednesday.

In a press release, the ministry said marines made the arrests on Tuesday after air surveillance detected the boat 40 nautical miles (around 45 kilometers) southeast of Guerrero.

Seven boats and two aircraft were sent to intercept the vessel. On board, officers found 599 packets of cocaine with a combined weight of 725 kilos.

The Mexican Navy has increased its surveillance of the Pacific coast in the last two years due to the increase in drug smuggling via the coasts.

In March this year,. Mexican authorities arrested 14 people, including six Ecuadoreans and one Colombian, in an operation involving two boats off the coast of Acapulco, from which they seized almost a ton of suspected cocaine.

Between January and May the navy seized 6.7 tonnes of cocaine off the Pacific coast, the largest amount in any five-month period.

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