1.6 tonnes of cocaine seized from secret truck compartment in ‘historic’ bust

A historic drug bust has been made by police, who found 1.6 tonnes of cocaine in the secret compartments of two trucks.

Mexico City police announced the single-biggest cocaine bust in its history after it raided and seized 1.6 tonnes of the Class-A drug from two freight trucks.

Police Chief Omar Garcia Harfuch says the cocaine removed and confiscated from the two freight trucks had a street value of roughly £16,432,800 ($20million).

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Mexico City's police chief did add, however, that only part of the cocaine haul discovered by police had been headed for the capital city.

The other half of the drugs bust, Chief Harfuch says, was headed to the north and across the US border to Los Angeles.

But the cocaine, reportedly sent to Mexico from Colombia via a Pacific coast port on the southern state of Oaxaca, didn't make it that far after police busted the historic haul.

Speaking in an interview with a local radio station, Harfuch revealed that the drug bust had followed an earlier investigation from officers who had advanced knowledge on the cargo specifics.

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Their earlier investigation had prepared them for the two incoming cocaine cargo trucks, with 1.6 tonnes of Colombian white powder found in the two tractor-trailers.

Mexican newspaper El Pais reported that the drugs were stashed in secret compartments inside of the vehicles, with police pulling out pound after pound of cocaine.

A third vehicle is said to have been escorting the two trucks, while four Colombians have been arrested in connection with the seizure.

Of the three men arrested in connection with the drugs bust, three have previous criminal records, the New York Post reported.

Claudia Sheinbaum Pardo, head of government in Mexico City, called the cocaine bust "historic".

In a statement posted to Facebook at the time of the drugs bust, Pardo said: "It's an example that in Mexico City there is no impunity or complicity."

Mexico City officials have often acknowledged that drug cartels use the capital as a shipping point for illegal substances, however, have claimed that gangs do not operate in the city as brazenly as other parts of the country.

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