Mexican organized crime stole 20 shipping containers filled with gold and silver in a brazen 10-hour raid
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(Kitco News) – In a world of uncertainty, gold and silver remain valuable targets for organized crime, with Mexican authorities reporting a brazen theft of significant quantities of the precious metals.
According to media reports, on June 5, a group of thieves broke into a cargo storage area at the seaport of Manzanillo on the Pacific coast of Mexico. They took 20 shipping containers loaded with partially refined gold and silver ore, air conditioners and televisions.
The value of the gold and silver or the amount of ore removed was not disclosed.
According to media reports, a group of 10 to 15 men overpowered security and warehouse workers and then spent hours searching the facility for the containers. It took up to 10 hours to locate and remove all 20 containers.
The Mexican Daily News described it as the largest and boldest heist in the state.
State officials also noted that this was an unprecedented robbery. Similar thefts in the port area involve only one or two containers, a government spokesman said.
The Port of Manzanillo is Mexico’s busiest port, handling a record 3.37 million shipping containers in 2021. The Army, Navy and National Guard have searched for 40ft containers but have not been able to find them. No arrests were made either.
The Mexican Navy ensures the security of the port; However, the robbery occurred on private property.
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