Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Almost one ton of cocaine found in sharks shipped from Costa Rica

In this photo taken Tuesday, June 16, 2009, men unload shark carcasses that allegedly contain cocaine at the port of Progreso, in the Mexican state of Yucatan. The Mexican Navy reported Tuesday that it detected a shipment of cocaine hidden inside the carcasses of frozen sharks aboard a freight ship at the Gulf coast port of Progreso. (AP Photo)Mexico City (AP) – Mexican authorities found nearly one ton of cocaine hidden inside frozen shark carcasses.

Prosecutors said they seized hundreds of cocaine packages stuffed in the bellies of dozens of dead sharks. The shipment, seized in the Gulf port of Progreso, contained 1,965 pounds (893 kilograms) of cocaine.

The Attorney General's Office says the sharks were found in two containers on Tuesday.

The containers had been shipped from Costa Rica. There was no immediate information on its intended destination.

The 870 packages were found wrapped in plastic and inserted in the sharks.

Drug traffickers are increasingly shipping drugs bound for the U.S. market through Central America.

The prosecutors comments were made on Wednesday.

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