Wednesday, June 12, 2024

‘Go-fast’ boat was carrying 3,000 liters of fuel off Oaxaca coast

An aerial patrol off the coast of Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, led to the arrest of five men aboard a small boat carrying 3,000 liters of fuel.

A statement issued by the Navy Secretariat (Semar) said a patrol detected a “go-fast” boat carrying a suspicious cargo about 137 kilometers to the southwest of the resort town.

A navy vessel, an airplane and helicopter were deployed to intercept and secure the boat, “and thereby prevent presumed criminal activity,” said Semar.

The navy said that as marines approached the high-speed boat, its occupants threw their illicit cargo overboard.

Marines arrested the five men, all Mexicans, and secured 44 plastic fuel containers.

The occupants of the boat were unable to show any documentation or justification for their cargo, leading authorities to presume that the fuel “was to be used to supply vessels performing illicit acts at sea, specifically those transporting illegal cargo.”

The navy said in July it had identified fuel storage facilities at distinct locations on the Pacific coast. It suspects their purpose is to supply drug smugglers traveling up the coast in international waters.

Source: El Universal (sp)

Have something to say? Paid Subscribers get all access to make & read comments.
Refugees displaced by an armed attack on their Chiapas town stand in the bleachers of a open air sports court and look at proceedings below through a protective wire fence

Over 4,000 residents flee Chiapas town following armed attack

0
Thousands in the Chiapas town who fled a June 4 armed attack by a criminal group refuse to go home until authorities can ensure their safety.
An endangered vaquita swimming in the ocean

May vaquita porpoise survey finds fewer specimens than in 2023

0
The survey, which takes place annually in Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California, recorded the lowest-ever number of individual vaquitas.
Man in uniform and hard hat spraying auditorium seats for mosquitos, surrounded by pesticide fumes.

Study shows dengue cases in Mexico primed for widespread expansion

0
As dengue cases in Mexico continue to rise in 2024, a new study predicts that the mosquito-borne virus will affect 81% of Mexico by 2039.