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Permanent surveillance team for Cozumel due to consistent drug finds

Cozumel, Q.R. — A permanent surveillance team will be set up to monitor Cozumel shores after the military reports consistent drug finds.

The announcement comes from la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional who report that during the first three months of the year, 117 kilos of drugs have been found washed up on various Cozumel beaches. They say that since January, they have recovered just over 35 kilos of cocaine and nearly 82.5 kilos of marijuana.

Photo: la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional

To ensure peace and maintain order, la Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional along with the Guarnición Militar, will routinely monitor the beaches on a regular basis. They report a permanent operation will be set up on the east coast of the island that will extend from the southern tip to the northern tip, reaching the Punta Molas lighthouse.

They say this is the area where a majority of the drugs wash up on shores with six discoveries in January and five already in March.

Earlier this week, marine officials on the island found a one-kilo package of cocaine. All drugs found are handed over to federal authorities for destruction.