The Mexican Navy intercepted more than three tons of cocaine headed to New York City
According to Fox 5 New York, on or before September 1st, “the Mexican Navy began tracking a Go-Fast boat headed north in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Quintana Roo.”
Audrey Strauss, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said navy officers seized the vessel. The vessel had approximately 2,960 kilograms of cocaine on board.
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New York federal prosecutors linked the shipment to three men. These three accused Mexican drug traffickers received the charges of “conspiring to transport more than three tons of cocaine” into the country. This is according to federal, state and local officials.
Raymundo Montoya-Lopez, 45, Abraham Alfonso Garcia-Montoya, 31, and Felizardo Diaz-Hernandez, 39, were arrested.
DRUG BUST: Footage released by Mexican Navy shows a helicopter intercepting a speedboat in the Caribbean that was allegedly loaded with nearly 3 tons of cocaine.
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“As alleged, these defendants are responsible for the attempted importation of more than three tons of cocaine into the United States. Thanks to the work of the DEA and the Mexican Navy, the shipment was interdicted and the defendants are in custody and facing federal prosecution,” said Strauss.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said this case “is another illustration of our joint, ongoing responsibilities in eradicating international drug trafficking.”
“Our NYPD officers, working with our law enforcement partners and federal prosecutors, follow the facts anywhere in the world to achieve justice, in this case interdicting nearly three tons of cocaine off the coast of Mexico,” Shea added.
Each suspect faces a minimum of 10 years in prison. Their maximum possible sentence is life in prison if convicted.