According to local sources, the Cyprus-flagged general cargo vessel arrived at the port of Altamira on September 5 from Colombia's Barranquilla port.

After arriving at the port, the vessel was inspected and the authorities located the drugs in the bulk carrier’s cargo hold that was loaded with iron ore. The Mexican Naval forces continued supervising the discharge of the ship’s cargo in order to rule out the possibility of more hidden packages.

Local news report that the seizure is the third of its kind in 40 days, totalling nearly 900 pounds.

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Following the cocaine bust, in late July, 19 Filipino seafarers were detained in Mexico over alleged violation of the country's illegal drug law.

Also, the US federal authorities seized 16.5 tons of cocaine, with a worth of more than $1 billion from a ship in Philadelphia in June 2019.

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