Mexican military seizes private jet carrying $72 million worth of cocaine and arrests pilot after forcing it to land when it illegally entered its airspace
- Mexican armed forces confiscated a ton and half of cocaine from a jet on Tuesday
- The private jet was forced to land at 1am local time Tuesday at Chetumal International Airport in Chetumal, Quintana Roo
- The military was able to only arrest one of the two pilots aboard after they attempted to escape
- The shipment has a street value of $72 million in the United States
The Mexican military detected a private jet illegally entering its airspace and found a ton and a half of cocaine inside it when it was forced to land at an airport near the border with Belize.
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced during his daily press briefing Tuesday that the military arrested one of the two pilots after they abandoned the aircraft at Chetumal International Airport in Chetumal, Quintana Roo.
The suspect’s identity was not revealed to the press.
López Obrador said that despite the seizure of the jet approximately at 1am local time Tuesday, two other aircrafts that were also detected in Mexican airspace were out of the armed force’s reach.
The massive shipment is worth approximately $72 million in the United States. It’s unknown where the jet had previously departed from.
Mexico’s military detected a jet in its airspace near the border with Belize before it landed at 1am local time at Chetumal International Airport in Chetumal, Quintana Roo. The aircraft was loaded with a ton and a half of cocaine
Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announce Tuesday the seizure of an aircraft transporting as many as 1,500 kilos of cocaine
‘This was a job of the Army, of the Secretary of Defense. There was a pursuit of three planes that entered the national territory, through Quintana Roo,’ the Mexican president said. ‘Two left and one landed at the Chetumal airport and investigations have already begun.’
Images displayed before the media during the president’s morning presser at the National Palace in Mexico City showed how the smugglers separated as many as 1,500 kilos [3,300 pounds] inside bags.
It is the second time in three weeks that the Mexican military has intercepted a narco jet.
On October 5, a Cessna reportedly bound for the United States transporting a $19 million cocaine shipment crashed in the Queretaro after the Mexican military deployed helicopters to chase it down. The accident killed two people aboard.
On September 2, a record 3,000 kilos of cocaine worth $142 million were confiscated off a speedboat off the coast of Mahahual, a city in Quintana Roo.
The military and local authorities surround a jet seized with at least 1,500 kilos [3,300 pounds] of cocaine Tuesday at Chetumal International Airport in Chetumal, Quintana Roo