Crime & Justice

Plane carrying drugs goes up in flames after landing in Mexico

Mexico, Jul 5 (efe-epa).- An aircraft suspected of carrying drugs was up in flames on Sunday after it landed on a road in the state of Quintana Roo, a tourist area in southeastern Mexico.

The plane was pursued by Mexican military aircraft.

The ministry of National Defense said that the air surveillance system detected “an illicit aircraft in Mexican airspace, coming from South America, and thus aircraft from the Mexican Air Force were deployed and helicopter and ground action forces were activated, in order to carry out the tracing.

The military later located the aircraft which landed and was on fire on a road in Felipe Carillo Puerto area.

Furthermore, in the neighboring locality of Jose Maria Morelos, the military found a truck carrying 390 kilograms of cocaine, with an estimated value of 109 million pesos ($4.88 million).

In the incident, an aircraft, a vehicle and possible drugs were handed over to the authorities, according to the ministry.

Previously, Public Safety Secretary of Quintana Roo Alberto Capella, said on Twitter that the incident took place around 7.50 am.

“The plate of the flight is apparently XB-RCM and could be related to illegal activities. Federal authorities are investigating,” Capella added.

Capella shared two video in which the plane can be seen on fire and damaged, under a huge column of black smoke and the area guarded by the military personnel.

The official did not reveal the reason behind the plane’s landing on the road or details about anyone injured or detained in the incident.

According to the Mexican media, the plane was coming from Venezuela and upon being intercepted in air by the Mexican Armed Forces, the flight landed and was set on fire to escape.

In the last few weeks, violence related to drug trafficking groups in Mexico has increased. At least 26 people were killed at a drug rehab center in the state of Guanajuato on July 1.

The killings occurred days after a police operation during which around 20 members of Santa Rosa de Lima cartel were detained leading to its leader Jose Antonio Yepez Ortiz “El Marro” threatening of vengeance.

Meanwhile, on June 26, Jalisco New Generation Cartel attacked an official vehicle of the Mexico City police chief Garcia Omar Harfuch. The police chief survived but three others were killed in the incident.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador government’s fight against drug trafficking is marked by the 2019 October’s failed attempt when one of notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s sons- Ovidio Guzman was arrested but was later freed to calm the violence by suspected members of the Sinaloa cartel. EFE


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