Mexico City police have made the biggest drug bust in the capital in recent memory, stopping two cargo trucks carrying about 1.6 tons of cocaine, officials said Tuesday. The head of the city government described the seizure as a “historic seizure”.
City police chief Omar García Harfuch said street cocaine in Mexico cost about $20 million. But he said only a portion of the shipment was destined for the capital, with the rest heading north to Los Angeles.
The chief said the cocaine was apparently shipped from Colombia to Mexico and landed at a port on the Pacific coast of the southern state of Oaxaca.
He said a third vehicle was carrying two trucks and that four Colombians were arrested.
Garcia Harfuch is no stranger to the fact that major drug gangs operate in Mexico City. In 2020, some two dozen gunmen ambushed his armored vehicle before dawn on one of the capital’s main boulevards. The brazen attack left him with three bullet wounds and the death of two of his bodyguards and a bystander.
In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Mexico City’s head of government Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo called the statue “historic.”
“Today the Secretary of Civil Defense made a historic seizure of 1,600 kg of cocaine,” she wrote. “This is an example that there is no impunity or complicity in Mexico City.”
Mexico City officials have long acknowledged that drug cartels use the capital as a shipping point, but claim that gangs do not operate in the city as brazenly as they do in other parts of Mexico.
Earlier this month, Mexico City police engaged in aEquipped with a .50 caliber sniper rifle, grenades and a machine gun. García Harfuch said 14 suspects were taken into custody and officers freed two kidnapping victims, who had apparently been held against their will.