An American tourist is being held at the Mexican border and charged with smuggling more than 200 kilograms of cocaine, while Mexican officials say a drug cartel has stolen $1.5 million worth of goods.
The Canadian government says its border agency is working to determine whether the two countries are in a state of war, but the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has denied that claim.
A report by the U,S.
State Department released Friday, says Mexico’s Border Patrol arrested two men, including an American citizen, last month on suspicion of smuggling drugs across the border.
The two men were arrested on suspicion that they had conspired to smuggle over 200 kilograms (about 4,000 pounds) of cocaine into the country.
They had planned to transport the drugs through Guatemala, according to a statement from the Border Patrol.
The drugs were to be delivered to a business in the town of Tijuana, which is in Mexico’s southern state of Tamaulipas.
The Mexican government says the two men will be held for several days before being deported.
In the meantime, the U;s Department of State says it has designated Mexico as a “foreign terrorist organization.”
In its statement, the State Department says the group “has been involved in serious criminal activity including narcotics trafficking, extortion and murder.”
It adds that Mexican authorities have launched a comprehensive counter-terrorism investigation.
The U.N. human rights office says the United States has been at war with Mexico since 1994.
Mexico’s foreign ministry says its government does not recognize the U.;s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism.
It also says Mexico will respond with its own measures.