MEXICO CITY – Slightly more than half a ton of marijuana was seized aboard a speedboat some 224 kilometers (139 miles) west of the Coronado Islands, located off the coast of Baja California and near the border with the United States, and three suspects were arrested, the Mexican Navy Secretariat said Sunday.
The seizure was made on Friday after the U.S. Coast Guard and the Mexican navy spotted the suspicious speedboat, the secretariat said.
The navy moved in after “an air unit saw packages being tossed in a suspicious manner into the sea in international waters approximately 140 nautical miles east-northeast of Ensenada, Baja California,” the secretariat said.
The 2nd Naval Region, which is based in Ensenada, sent three units – an ocean patrol boat, an interceptor patrol boat and a fast vessel – to intercept the speedboat.
“After an intense chase, a coast guard vessel stopped the smaller boat and guarded it until the Mexican navy boats arrived,” the secretariat said.
One of the navy boats recovered 42 bales of marijuana weighing a total of 591 kilos.