By Shawn Rice
The Mexican government seizing 800 pounds of U.S. government cocaine is fake news. There is no truth to a report that the government of Mexico seized a large amount of cocaine from the U.S. government. Where did this fake news originate?
Your News Wire published the fake news article reporting that the Mexican government took control of 800 pounds of U.S. government cocaine. You can read the fake news article below.
Authorities in Mexico have seized a massive shipment of cocaine that was headed towards a U.S. government facility in America.
A statement from the Defense Department says the vehicle which was transporting the cocaine belonged to the United States Social Security Institute.
However, the above story is false, according to Hoax Alert. The story takes some truth and spins a different narrative. The YourNewsWire cites an article on The Goldwater as its source, which in turn cited a site named KrisTV which published an A.P. wire story about an incident that actually occurred:
CIUDAD VICTORIA, Mexico (AP) – Mexican authorities have seized more than 800 pounds (371 kilograms) of cocaine being transported toward the U.S. border inside a truck bearing the markings of the country’s Social Security Institute.
Soldiers detained three people on board who said they were employees of the Social Security Institute.
However, the stories being cited for the YourNewsWire story do not mention the final destination of the cocaine being the U.S. government. The story also mentioned that the truck had markings from the Mexican Social Security Institute; however, there is no “United States Social Security Institute.”
Additionally, the image used in the fake news article originated from another drug bust in Mexico where over 100 tons of marijuana were confiscated and subsequently burned.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Mexico Seizes 800 Pounds Of U.S. Government Cocaine https://t.co/HCFAqUJEPm
— Janet K Golden-Hogan (@GrannyJ420) November 19, 2017
— Susan Larson (@Swedesdottir) November 19, 2017
— parvanehpari (@parvanehpari) November 19, 2017
Mexico Seizes 800 Pounds Of U.S. Government Cocaine https://t.co/xlkwmFNOQ8
— chris bourdon (@NibiruNinja1111) November 19, 2017
— Dreaming of Peace (@cjsienna55) November 19, 2017
The 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report found that around 90 percent of cocaine coming to the U.S. during the first half of 2015 made its way through the Mexico and Central America corridor. That number is up from 86 percent in 2014 and 80 percent in 2010.
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