SEOUL, Dec. 17 (UPI) — South Korean authorities have seized more than 140 pounds of cocaine smuggled aboard a container ship.
Busan Main Customs said Monday that officers discovered a bag, containing taped packages with a total weight of approximately 140 pounds of cocaine, Yonhap News reported.
The container was first shipped on Oct. 17 in Ecuador, stopped by Mexico and docked at a port in the southern port city of Busan on Nov. 14. It was scheduled to arrive in China on Nov. 20.
The South Korean officials acted on a tip-off from Mexican authorities.
“The discovery was possible thanks to cooperation with the Mexican customs office,” said Yang Seung-gwon, chief of Busan Main Customs, in the Yonhap News report.
The cocaine is reported to be the largest amount that the Busan office has ever detected.