Veracruz | Mexican authorities believe an international drug smuggling operation is using whales to transit drugs across the US-Mexican border after they discovered no less than 223 pounds of cocaine inside the stomach of a washed up whale near the small fishing town of Anton Lizardo, about 14 miles south from the city of Veracruz.
The discovery of large bags of cocaine washed up on the shore completely baffled local authorities and led to an immediate autopsy of the large sea mammal estimated to weigh over 160 tons.
The large shipment of cocaine, which is the largest quantity of cocaine to ever wash ashore in the region, has resulted in an international inquiry led by the Mexican government in cooperation with the US Drug Enforcement Agency to investigate into the matter.
Officials proceeded to an autopsy of the whale after deflating the carcass, which was bloated with methane gas, and could have exploded, before extracting more than 200 pounds of cocaine from the whale’s stomach
Specialists believe the smugglers lured the giant mammal with a dead giant squid as bait, as the bags of cocaine seemed to lay inside the digested remains of a squid.
“Never have I had to deal with such a situation in my 23 year career” explains DEA officer Robert Grant.
“I don’t know what these drug smugglers were expecting, but their attempt clearly failed. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of those bag teared up inside the animal’s stomach and led to its own death” he told reporters.
“Let’s hope they learn this as a lesson and don’t try this pathetic attempt again” he said, visibly furious.
A street value estimated to over $9.6 million
If the bulk value of the cocaine has been estimated at $2,455,000, however, if broken down and sold, the street value is over $9.6 million, estimate experts.
The cocaine is linked to the Gulf Cartel by experts
“The packages were all stamped with a dolphin logo, indicative of narcotics belonging to the Gulf Cartel” explains local police chief, Juan Roberto Gonzalez.
“It is a tragedy that they are using animals to do their dirty business, we hope an international investigation can prevent such incidents from happening again” he told a local news crew.
Last May, a similar shipment was found on the seashore of Galveston, Texas, where 66 pounds of cocaine were discovered by authorities.