Much of the time, cocaine comes from South America to Mexico, then is shipped into the United States where it is turned into cash. One of the most popular means of making these deliveries is to hide the coke in food products. El Chapo is credited as an innovator in this department. He opened a chili-pepper cannery in Guadalajara where his
“Compadre Jalapenos” cans were stuffed with peppers and cocaine, then shipped out. Shortly before his arrest in 2014, the laws found 4,000 plantains and cucumbers stuffed with cocaine, belonging to the Sinaloa Cartel.
Marines from Mexico’s sixth naval region and officials from the Customs Administration Service seized hundreds of tubs of salsa with packages of cocaine concealed inside of them, according to a release from the Mexican navy.
The shipment was located on Tuesday in the port of Manzanillo in the state of Colima on Mexico’s Pacific coast.
Footage released by marines in Colima on July 13 showed officials cutting open the lids of the red salsa and pulling out bags of cocaine from the sauce, according to Reuters.
According to officials, 217 salsa tubs, which weighed 60 kilograms (132 pounds) each, were seized. Each tub contained a bag of cocaine. Mexican officials have not revealed the total weight of the drugs confiscated, but Reuters reports that a little over 13 tons was found.
The tubs of salsa originated in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and were marked with the final destination of Mazatlan in Sinaloa state, the stomping ground of captured drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. (Guzmán was captured in Mazatlan in February 2014, before breaking out again 17 months later.)
Due to his current imprisonment, the authorities do not suspect El Chapo of being involved in this shipment. However, the fact that it was headed to the Sinaloa state implies that the SInaloa Cartel is involved.