Mexico City police haul bricks of seized cocaine. Photo: twitter.com/OHarfuch

By MARK LORENZANA

Mexico City police seized around 1.8 tons of cocaine on Tuesday, July 26, in what was considered to be the biggest drug bust in the Mexican capital so far.

Authorities estimated that the seized cocaine, which was being smuggled in two freight trucks, has a street value of 400 million pesos, and could even reach twice that amount if it had successfully reached the United States.

“This is the largest seizure of cocaine here in Mexico City so far,” said Omar García Harfuch, head of Mexico City’s Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC). “This is a strong blow to the finances of organized crime here in the capital.”

García Harfuch said that one part of the seized drugs would have been distributed in Tepito, a district located in Colonia Morelos in the Cuauhtémoc borough of Mexico City, and the other half was destined to be smuggled into California, specifically in the city of Los Angeles.

The drugs were purportedly hidden in several platforms and behind spare tires in the two trailer trucks, which were traveling along the Circuito Exterior Mexiquense — near Avenida Río de los Remedios, close to the border with the State of Mexico (Edoméx) — where they were intercepted by authorities. Four suspects have been detained in the smuggling attempt.

According to authorities, the drug shipment left Colombia by sea, arrived at the coastal town of San Pedro Mixtepec in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, and from there, it was transported to Mexico City by land. The drug packages were allegedly marked with the words “Tesla” and “Prada.”

García Harfuch is no stranger to dealing with drug activity in Mexico City. In June of 2020, he was a victim of an assassination attempt at his home by alleged members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), in retaliation for the government’s efforts to rein in the criminal group. García Harfuch sustained injuries in the attack, and two of his bodyguards died in the shootout.

The cocaine bust in Mexico City follows other cartel-related arrests and drug seizures in the past several weeks.

On July 12, 14 people who figured in a shootout along the Mexico-Cuernavaca highway; near San Miguel Topilejo in Mexico City, were arrested and linked to the Sinaloa Cartel faction Los Chapitos (Little Chapos). A day later, on July 13, the Secretariat of National Defense (Sedena) announced the seizure of $230 million worth of fentanyl in a drug bust in the northern Mexican state of Sinaloa. On July 15, one of Mexico’s most notorious drug lords, Rafael Caro Quintero, was captured by the Mexican Navy (Semar).

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