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Mexican Navy intercepts cocaine shipment hidden inside jars of salsa

July 15, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Mexican Navy intercepts cocaine shipment hidden inside jars of salsa

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Mexican authorities discovered bags of cocaine concealed inside hundreds of barrels of salsa shipped from Ecuador and destined for the Sinaloa state, the home of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman.

The cocaine was discovered on Wednesday in the Mexican Pacific State of Colima, The International Business Times reported.

According to Reuters, Mexican marines intercepted the drug shipment hidden inside 217 salsa tubs, containing a bag of cocaine each, weighing around 132 pounds per barrel.

However, officials refused to detail the exact size or weight of the cocaine shipment itself.

Investigators believe Sinaloa cartel operatives were the intended recipient of the consignment of cocaine from Equador and would have eventually smuggled the drug into the United States, which is a common route for narcotics coming up from South America.

Intercepts of South American cocaine loads mixed with numerous substances to avoid detection have been on the rise lately in Mexico.

Back in February, a joint operation involving the Mexican Navy and customs authorities seized a large shipment cocaine concealed in 920 sacks of sand also mixed shipped from Ecuador.

According to a 2015 report by The United Nations’ International Narcotics Control Board, Equador has increasingly become a significant cocaine hub.

“One of the largest increases in cocaine seizures in the past five years has been observed in Ecuador, where the amount of cocaine seized rose by over 242 per cent, amounting to 50 metric tons in 2014,”

As for El Chapo, he currently sits in a prison in Northern Mexico, where he awaits extradition to the United States where he’s wanted for several indictments in seven U.S. federal district courts on charges including narcotics trafficking, weapons violations, and murder.

Guzman, spent six months on the lam after he pulled off his famous escape from the Altiplano prison exactly one year ago through a dugout 1.5-mile tunnel that led directly underneath the shower stall of his jail cell  .

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