Mexican Navy secures more than 800 kilos of alleged cocaine off Guerrero

March 1, 2019 – The Navy-Navy Secretariat of Mexico, as the National Maritime Authority and acting as Coast Guard, reports that personnel assigned to the Eighth Naval Region, based in Acapulco, Guerrero, achieved the assurance of approximately 816 kilograms of presumed illicit cargo with the characteristics of cocaine, two containers with presumed marijuana and fuel, as well as a smaller vessel with high-powered engines; likewise, the detention of three crew members off the coast of Guerrero was carried out.

This action was carried out after conducting reconnaissance maritime and aerial surveillance patrols, where the vessel was sighted with suspicious cargo, establishing a joint operation with surface units (ships), naval units and Marine Corps personnel for their interception.

During this operation, naval elements recovered a “Reformeña” type boat with two outboard motors, approximately 816 kilograms of alleged cocaine, two containers with presumed marijuana and 21 drums with approximately one thousand 50 liters of gasoline; likewise, the detention of three crew members of Mexican nationality was achieved.

The presumed illicit cargo, fuel and vessel insured, as well as the detainees, who were read the Human Rights Primer, were placed at the disposal of the Agent of the Public Ministry of the Federation of Acapulco, Guerrero, to determine the ministerial weight, perform the corresponding tests, as well as the integration of the research portfolio.

It should be noted that these actions were carried out based on the Protocol for the Performance of Naval Personnel in the functions of the Coast Guard, which attributes the participation of the personnel of the Navy Secretariat of Mexico in the performance of their duties, which complies with the requirements necessary to act in coordination with the competent authorities, in strict respect of Human Rights and in compliance with the provisions of the Manual of Use of the Force of Application Common to the Three Armed Forces.

The maritime, air and land surveillance operations are carried out by the Secretariat of the Navy – Navy of Mexico, to inhibit criminal action, guarantee security and maintain the Rule of Law on Mexican coasts.