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Mexican navy confiscates 7 tons of cocaine

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  • Navy Secretary Francisco Saynez says boat intercepted over the weekend
  • Fishing vessel detained in operation coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Five crew members aboard the ship are under jurisdiction of Mexican authorities
  • Saynez says the Mexican Pacific continues to be a key route for cocaine trafficking
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From Mario Gonzalez
CNN
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MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNN) -- The Mexican navy confiscated 7 tons of cocaine being transported on a fishing vessel in international waters in the Pacific Ocean, the navy secretary said.

The fishing boat "Olaf" was intercepted over the weekend by an ocean-going patrol in an operation coordinated with the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy Secretary Francisco Saynez said Sunday.

Five crew members aboard the ship were arrested and were under the jurisdiction of Mexican authorities.

The drug bust confirms that the Mexican Pacific continues to be a principal route for cocaine trafficking, Saynez said. In October 2007, the Mexican navy confiscated the largest shipment of cocaine in the nation's history when 23 tons were found aboard the ship "Esmeralda."

The announcement came on the same day that officials in Guadalajara said they had confiscated more than 2 tons of cocaine there in January, according to the state-run Notimex news agency.

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