Mexico finds drugs plane in hangar

2012-04-10 19:00
Tijuana - Mexican authorities say they have found an underground tunnel filled with arms, drugs and a light aircraft allegedly belonging to one of the country's powerful cartels.

The plane, discovered in a tunnel in the Baja California state near the US border, was a light aircraft manufactured in Austria and in poor condition, Daniel de la Rosa, secretary of security for the state, told AFP late Monday.

He said the plane was adapted to be able to fire grenades and was used "to transport drugs and arms for the Sinaloa cartel," run by Mexico's most powerful drug lord, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman.

The operation, in which one man was detained, was carried out Monday after police received an anonymous tip-off about an underground facility the size of a basketball court.

Inside, police found guns, a grenade and launcher, 32 kilos of marijuana, 900 grams of a synthetic drug known as "ice", and more than 700 rounds of ammunition and body armour.

Mexico has been gripped by a brutal drug war in recent years, with more than 50 000 people believed to have been killed in drug-related violence since the government launched a military crackdown against the cartels in 2006.

Guzman, with a fortune estimated at $1bn by Forbes magazine, is one of the world's most wanted men, with Mexico offering a reward of $2.4m for his capture.
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