The discovery of 1,100 kilograms of cocaine and an estimated 2.5 tons of marijuana in an apartment building in Mexico’s southern state of Guerrero was made by authorities who were responding to a call about a drug raid on a drug trafficking group.
The raid came just hours after Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed into law a new law allowing authorities to arrest and charge individuals suspected of involvement in drug trafficking, and also to detain anyone for up to six months.
Police were responding Monday to a complaint from a drug enforcement group who reported finding a drug house and a large amount of cocaine in the building, according to the Guerrero State Attorney General’s office.
Investigators found a total of 1.7 kilograms of the drug, which had been delivered in plastic bags and wrapped in plastic, and a further 1.2 kilograms of marijuana, along with a small amount of cash.
A police officer and a narcotics task force team seized the drug house on the outskirts of the city of Aguascalientes, according the prosecutor’s office, which did not elaborate on how the drugs were discovered.
Authorities did not immediately provide details on the size of the drugs, which authorities believe were destined for drug-related transactions.
Authorities said in a statement that they had also seized two handguns, several rifles and a pistol from the building and were searching for three suspects who were seen entering the building.
The attorney general’s office said it had not released the names of the suspects who had been arrested.