By Dialogo May 19, 2010 So far this year, Nicaragua has seized more than 2.5 tons of cocaine from international drug-trafficking gangs, military and and police spokespersons announced. Authorities have seized 2,511 kilos of cocaine, 43 kilos of methamphetamine, and 840 rocks of crack this year, the sources said. Slightly more than half of the cocaine has been detected by the navy, which on Thursday found more than a ton of cocaine hidden in containers on a Cypriot-flagged merchant vessel, at a port on Nicaragua’s Pacific coast. The ship, arriving from Colombia with an Egyptian captain and twenty-four crew members, was able to continue its voyage to Guatemala without charges being filed against any of the crew. The police also take credit for 43 kilos of methamphetamine confiscated at two clandestine laboratories linked to Mexico drug cartels, according to the spokesperson for the National Police, Commissioner Vilma Reyes. Central America is a transit corridor used by cartels moving drugs from South America to North America.