COLIMA, Col. (approved) .- Elements of the Navy (Semar) and staff Tax Administration Service (SAT) detected at the port of Manzanillo 217 plastic drums containing just over 13 tons of hot sauce contaminated with cocaine.
The drug was found inside a container that arrived aboard the Liberian-flagged "CSAV Traiguen" from Guayaquil, Ecuador, which was bound for Mazatlan, Sinaloa, reported Tuesday night last federal authorities through in a statement.
According to Semar, this confiscation represents "a blow to the trafficking of illegal substances" and was achieved on July 7, "thanks to the joint work of the SAT and Navy personnel of Mexico through information of Naval Intelligence" .
The drug, he said, was discovered after subjecting a "non-intrusive scan" of suspicious cylinders located inside a container, whose illicit cargo had a net weight of 13,000.020 kilograms.
He said the shipment was made available to the authorities of the federation for the integration of the preliminary investigation, while the work of assurance were coordinated with agencies that make up the security cabinet, "with all the resources provided to them by law and always in strict adherence to human rights. "
Re: Marines seize more than 13 tons of cocaine salsa in Manzanillo
We have to remember that this is the reported weight of the wet product. Cocaine HCL [ it could be paste in an HCL 'hot sauce' solution, but this would reduce yields by at least half] has a maximum molar dissolve rate of 2 kilos per liter of water, although in practice 1 kilo per liter is difficult, not including adulterants that give the product the appearance of 'hot sauce'.
So, 13 tons of liquid would have a maximum reconstitution of 6.5 tons, with a realistic maximum in product produced in jungle labs of 3 tons. This is a large load, although Manzanillo is well known for 'finding' large loads of product on cargo ships.
In 2001, over 9 tons was seized from the ship 'Macel', supposedly linked to Sandra Avila and her Colombian boyfriend, Diego Espinosa.
I believe the largest cocaine seizure in Mexican history, [possibly world history] was in Manzanillo. In 2007, 23 tons of cocaine were seized from the ship 'Esmeralda'.