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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Report: 97 Percent of Drugs Seizures in Mexico Occur in Port Cities

"Morogris" for Borderland Beat
Mazatlan, Sinaloa, where most of the seizures between December 2018 and February 2020 took place
In the first 15 months of Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO)'s presidency, 144 tons of narcotics have been seized in 22 Mexican port towns and cities. At least 80% of them were seized in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, alone. Among the drugs seized were marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine.

The sea ports in the Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico have been under close surveillance by the National Guard, the Army and the Navy. Between December 2018 and February 2020, approximately 97 percent of the drugs seized in Mexico occurred in port towns and cities. These sea ports are strategic corridors for drugs owned by the Sinaloa Cartel and Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), two major drug trafficking organizations.

Drug seizures and data
The report included seizures conducted by the National Guard (GN), the Army and the Navy between December 2018 and February 2020. The GN provided drug seizure statistics between December 2018 to February 2020. The Army's data concentrated solely on methamphetamine seizures until January 2020. The Navy's report included marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine seizures until February 2020.

The most-seized drug was marijuana. More than 124 tons were seized in the 15-month period; marijuana seizures account for 86.23 percent of all drugs seized. Methamphetamine followed with 11 tons.

The largest amount of cocaine seized was 3,550 kilos. It was confiscated in Puerto Chiapas. The largest amount of methamphetamine seized was in Guaymas, Sonora, with 7,474 kilos. The port where more heroin was seized was Ensenada, Baja California, with 13 kilos; marijuana was mainly seized in Mazatlán with 99,040 kilos, and methamphetamine in Ensenada, with 742.25 kilos.
Statistic provided by the Mexican government
The month with the highest amount of seizures was April 2019, when 12,484 kilos of different drugs were seized, especially meth with 8,137 kilos and marijuana with 4,210 kilos. The month with the fewest seizures was December 2019 with only 18 kilos; October 2019 with just 21 kilos; followed by December 2018, with only 48 kilos.

Of the 22 sea ports located in 20 Mexican states, the ones that resulted in the most seizures were Mazatlán (71.1 percent), Guaymas (8.48 percent), Huatulco (6.52 percent), Puerto Peñasco (4.41 percent), Puerto Chiapas (2.47 percent) and Ensenada (2.42 percent). Regarding homicides, the Mexican government reported that in the same 15-month period there were 1,405 firearm homicides in these locations. Mazatlán accounted for 500 of them, followed by Guaymas with 261, Huatulco with 93 and Chiapas with 88.

An unusual 99-ton drug seizure by the Navy in February 2020 in Mazatlán had a significant impact on statistics, as this action represented almost 80 percent of everything seized in this 15-month period.

The information from this report was published by Mexican daily newspaper Milenio with statistical data provided by the Mexican government. They received the data via Mexico's National Institute for Transparency, Access to Information and Personal Data Protection (INAI).

Source: Milenio


  1. U would think that these findings would shift drug policies. Rather, the necessary measures to inspect all cargo through legal entry points. A measure which is less likely to be implemented. Good example; our government post office. An incompetent branch of government who have neglected the regulations of packages. While all others companies (FedEx,UPS ect.) have met government requirements.
    Doubt these findings will be met with swift action by any government.

    1. 8:33 the US post office has been exploited by privatizers bought and paid for by private interests, USPS, AMAZON, FED-EX would not be delivering every kind of junk mail at firesale prices "just because it is the law".
      Stealing or diverting billions and billions of dollars from the agency for other overnment business where the money can be spent on corporate welfare Queens with impressive contracts from their politician buddies or being forcefully deposited in billionaire accounts where they pay interest to banks for managing the money until they figger how to steal it, right now privatizers want to make the US postal service, social security, veterans administration, welfare health and human services and even the military, the business of private business, with hefty contracts already on the hands of many, even the US military has come to rely on traitor private military security like Blackwater, which now serves russia, china, the Saudis, the turks...
      is a wolf still a wolf in a sheepskin a wolf "under other names"?
      --Please stop preaching propaganda of hate for our government and agencies and help root crime out wherever it is found.

  2. 500 murders by firearm in Mazatlan? B.S. I live here and that just ain't happening.

    1. Are you saying there are more, or less?

    2. SINALOA is a narco STATE but these GROUPIES from there act like that CARTEL don't kill or disappear PEOPLE 😆
      Those guys living in the comfort of their home in the 🇺🇸 always claiming they were there yesterday or that they live there 😆 DUMB A$$E§

    3. I also thought it was high. The data is from a 15-month period (December 2018 - February 2020). I wish Milenio had provided the primary source provided by the Secretariado Ejecutivo del Sistema Nacional de Seguridad Pública.

      Thanks for reading!

    4. Mazatlecos have that plaza on lock

    5. What's the deal with the Mazatlecos now? Is is true Chapo Isidro is a "freelancer" now?

  3. Good job MX, thanks for your input.

  4. Hardly any seizures in Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo. Big seizures in CDS territory up the Sea of Cortez.

    Great info, MX, as per usual

    1. Thanks, pal. And good point! Lazaro Cardenas and Manzanillo are important ports so something fishy is going on.

      Thanks for reading.

    2. 10:11 Lazaro Cardenas port was recovered by the mexican navy when EPN said so, they must be covering up some BS, and keeping it quiet, but corona virus cases all over the Caribbean islands and south america illustrate the flow of "chinese goods" around the Latin-American world.

  5. This must mean the port cities are not paid off as well as the interior???


  6. They are thinking of making a port in Puerto peñasco SONORA just a few miles from the border.. Imagine that.. Cds would have that PLAZA but would be CONTESTED for SURE

    1. 12:43 fack that port shet, what is needed is more underground tunnels from the Sea of Cortez to the Colorado river, and screw las vaquitas totoabas, they will be ground like florida crocodiles and other shallow water species when drug trafficking returns to the Californias from the Gulf of Mexico Islands to Florida "axis of evil".


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