Mexico City police made one of the largest drug busts in recent memory in the capital, arresting two trucks carrying about 1.6 tons of cocaine, officials said Tuesday. The city’s head of government hailed the seizure as a “historic confiscation”.
City police chief Omar Garcia Harfuch said the cocaine was worth around $20 million on the streets in Mexico. But he added that only part of the cargo was destined for the capital, with the rest heading north to Los Angeles.
The cocaine was apparently sent to Mexico from Colombia and landed in a port on the Pacific coast of the southern state of Oaxaca, the chief said.
He said a third vehicle escorted the two trucks and four Colombians were arrested.
Garcia Harfuch is no stranger to the fact that major drug gangs operate in Mexico City. In 2020, around 20 gunmen ambushed his armored vehicle before dawn on one of the capital’s main boulevards. The brazen attack left him with three gunshot wounds and his two bodyguards and a passerby dead.
In a statement posted to Facebook on Tuesday, Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, Mexico City’s head of government, called the bust “historic.”
“Today, the Secretary of Civil Security made a historic confiscation of 1,600 kg of cocaine,” she wrote. “It is an example that in Mexico there is neither impunity nor complicity.”
Mexico City officials have long acknowledged that drug cartels use the capital as a shipping point, but they say the gangs don’t operate in the city as brazenly as in other parts of Mexico.
Earlier this month, police in Mexico City engaged in aarmed with a .50 caliber sniper rifle, grenades and a machine gun. Garcia Harfuch said 14 suspects were arrested and officers released two kidnapping victims who were apparently being held against their will.