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Mexican soldiers seize tanker truck with 1.1 tons of cocaine

Christian Fernsby |
Soldiers have seized a tanker truck carrying 1.1 tons of cocaine in southeast Mexico's Tabasco state, the Ministry of National Defense said.

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The illicit drugs seized was estimated to have a street value of 13.8 million U.S. dollars, the ministry said.

Soldiers discovered the illegal cargo on Friday during a routine inspection of the vehicle on the highway connecting Tabasco's capital Villahermosa with the port of Coatzacoalcos in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.

Using a gamma ray device, the soldiers detected the truck had a false bottom that contained 1,153 packets of cocaine, and arrested the driver.

Since December 2018, the army's anti-drug operations have seized a total of 10.1 tons of cocaine, according to the ministry.

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