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Mexican military seizes two tons of drugs in tourist center

June 11, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Mexican military seizes two tons of drugs in tourist center

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An inspection of two pickup trucks at a Mexican military security checkpoint in the state of Baja California last week resulted in the discovery of 1.5 tons of drugs consisting of fentanyl, heroin, cocaine, and meth.

The security checkpoint was established on the Federal Highway number 3, in Ojos Negros, located in the municipality of Ensenada.

During an examination of one of the two trucks driving together, Mexican military personnel discovered a large modified container made to appear as if it was filled with gasoline. A further inspection uncovered 22 backpacks filled with plastic containers of drugs weighing roughly 880 kilos or 1,940 pounds.

The second truck carried 17 giant bags with 1,304 containers of various drugs weighing a total of 510 kilos.

According to local reports, the total combined weight of all the drugs seized was recorded at 3,064 pounds or 1,390 kilos. Mexican soldiers Army both trucks and arrested three individuals.

The beach town of Ensenada is a crucial smuggling location for Mexican cartels, primarily due to its port and access to highways like Mexican Federal Highway 1 and its proximity to the U.S. border, which is only 70 miles away.

The primary groups working in the area are the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG) and remnants of the Arellano Félix Organization who are aligned against rivaling factions of the Sinaloa Cartel known as “Los Aquiles” and “Los Uriarte.”

A massive seizure carried out by federal authorities in January following a traffic stop in Ensenada led to the discovery of 45.5 kilos of fentanyl, 914 pounds of crystal meth, 87 pounds of cocaine, and 18 pounds of heroin.

The load was allegedly heading to the U.S. border and it was revealed that the fentanyl was enough to kill millions.

Mexican authorities also recently intercepted cartel drug shipments in Baja California include a seizure of 458 pounds of cocaine in the port of Ensenada arriving from Peru, Breitbart Texas reported.

With the continuous drug smuggling activities in Ensenada, the once serene Mexican beach hub is suffering from elevated levels of cartel-related violence as the homicide rate for 2018 surpassed 100 during the first four months of the year.

On June 1st, a state police commander of an intelligence unit identified as Francisco Ibarra González was killed by two gunmen as he was heading to work.

A 63-year-old female neighbor was also injured during the attack. The gunmen managed to flee from the area.

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