Mexican officials find nearly 170kg of cocaine in container on MOL boxship

Mexican authorities have taken possession of a big cocaine haul found in a container at the Port of Manzanillo, it was revealed on Monday.

The vessel that carried the container, Hong Kong-flagged MOL Grandeur (65,000 dwt, built 2011), had docked at Manzanillo on Friday October 2 from the Port of Callao in Peru.

A combined police, navy and customs operation led to this successful discovery which amounted to 168.58 kilos of the drug divided into 156 packets and packed into four sports bags.

Manzanillo, located in the state of Colima on the country’s Pacific coast, is Mexico’s busiest port.

The MOL Grandeur is managed by maritime services company Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (India), whose spokesman denied any knowledge of the contraband.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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