MEXICO CITY, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Soldiers have seized a tanker truck carrying 1.1 tons of cocaine in southeast Mexico's Tabasco state, the Ministry of National Defense said on Monday.
The illicit drugs seized was estimated to have a street value of 13.8 million U.S. dollars, the ministry said in a statement.
Soldiers discovered the illegal cargo on Friday during a routine inspection of the vehicle on the highway connecting Tabasco's capital Villahermosa with the port of Coatzacoalcos in the Gulf Coast state of Veracruz.
Using a gamma ray device, the soldiers detected the truck had a false bottom that contained 1,153 packets of cocaine, and arrested the driver.
Since December 2018, the army's anti-drug operations have seized a total of 10.1 tons of cocaine, according to the ministry.