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1,577 kg cocaine seized in Mexico

world Updated: Apr 20, 2010 13:04 IST

Over 1,500 kg of cocaine that came in containers aboard a Colombian vessel have been seized in Mexico, officials said.

The cocaine was inside several containers unloaded in Veracruz port by a Liberian-flagged ship that arrived from Cartagena in Colombia over the weekend, the Attorney General's Office said on Monday.

Acting on a tip-off, officials from the Attorney General's office, customs and navy personnel launched an operation and found 1,608 bricks of cocaine with a total weight of 1,577 kg inside the containers, it said.

Two other large consignments of cocaine have been seized in Mexico recently.

A shipment of 322 kg of cocaine packed in 600 cans of tuna was seized in Manzanillo port, while another 592 kg were found hidden in a shipment of frozen squid last week.