Peru's anti-drug police seized two tons of cocaine that were to be shipped by sea to the United States from the northern region of Piura, and arrested five Mexican and two Peruvian nationals, a police chief said.
"We have confiscated more than two tons of cocaine that were going to go by sea to the United States," the commanding general of the police, José Luis Lavalle, told reporters.
With this police operation was dismantled an international cocaine trafficking organization called 'Sinbad', he added.
The cocaine was going to be shipped in boats that the drug traffickers had acquired in the northern region of Piura, bordering Ecuador.
Five Mexicans and two Peruvians were arrested in the operation. In addition, 10 vehicles, two boats, firearms and eight communications equipment were confiscated.
The two tons of cocaine could reach a price of 61 million dollars in the US market, according to Lavalle.
On Thursday, the local anti-drug police seized another two tons of cocaine in the port of Callao, a neighbor of Lima, bound for Mexico.
In Peru, where Mexican cartels also operate, they produce more than 400 tons of cocaine a year, according to anti-drug authorities.
This country is, along with Colombia and Bolivia, one of the largest producers of cocaine and coca leaf (its raw material).
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