Container Ship Raided in Drug Bust


136 Kilos of Cocaine have been seized from a container ship in Mexico in a bust by the local Navy on October 15, 2016, according to reports.

The Singapore Pacific International Lines container ship Kota Lukis was berthed at the Port of Manzanillo on Saturday, when a raid by the Mexican Navy revealed the large drug stash hidden amongst the 4,253 containers on board.

The crew have not been named as suspects, and the ship was allowed to leave the port and continue its service once the cocaine was seized, the ship had come to Mexico from Buenaventura, Colombia.

It is reported that the port of Manzanillo has the highest number of drug involved incidents in the whole of the country, and also has one of the highest violent crime rate increases in Mexico in recent years.

In March 2016, the Mexican government announced Harbour authorities in Mexico, overseen by the Communications and Transportation Secretariat (SCT), had proven to be incapable of inspecting at least 20% of foreign vessels which dock at the country’s ports, and as a result, the Mexican Navy took over operations of the nation’s ports.

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