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Navy of Mexico seizes vessels, 9 tons of drugs off Sonora

Puerto Libertad, Sonora — The Secretariat of the Navy of Mexico reports that personnel of the Fourth Naval Region based in Guaymas, Sonora seized more than 9 tons of drugs as well as fuel, ammunition and weapons for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.

The navy also says that three small boats with high-powered outboard engines were also part of the seizure.

The discovery was made after conducting reconnaissance maritime and aerial surveillance patrols, where three vessels with suspicious cargo were located. From this, a joint operation with ships, naval units and personnel of the Marine Corps were sent to investigate the mainland area in the vicinity of Puerto Libertad.

During the operation, naval elements recovered 8,800 kilograms of marijuana, 292 kilograms of methamphetamine and 12 kilograms of marijuana seeds as well as 200 grams of fentanyl, amounting to more than nine tons of drugs.

Photo: La Secretaría de Marina-Armada de México

On board the three vessels, navy personnel also report seizing weapons and ammunition for the exclusive use of the Armed Forces.

The boats, fuel and illicit cargo were placed at the disposal of the Federal Public Prosecutor’s Office in Hermosillo, Sonora.

The navy says that these patrols are part of the maritime, air and land surveillance operations carried out by the Secretary of the Navy of Mexico to inhibit criminal action in order to guarantee security and maintain the rule of law on Mexican coasts.