2012-05-09

Honduran Authorities Seize 400 Kilos of Cocaine

Members of the police drug squad guard at least 400 kg of cocaine seized in La Mosquitia, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, on May 7, 2012. (Photo: AFP)

Members of the police drug squad guard at least 400 kg of cocaine seized in La Mosquitia, on the Caribbean coast of Honduras, on May 7, 2012. (Photo: AFP)

AFP

On May 7, the Honduran authorities seized 400 kilos of cocaine in the remote region of La Mosquitia, in the department of Gracias a Dios, around 800 km northeast of the capital, the police announced.

During the operation, “15 bales with a total of 400 kilos of cocaine were seized, in two vehicles that were intercepted in Plaplaya (in the department of Gracias a Dios),” the head of operations of the National Directorate of Special Investigative Services, Commissioner Silvio Inestroza, told AFP.

He explained that, since the drugs were found in the vehicles, “it’s unknown whether they transferred them from a small plane or from a boat, and that’s still under investigation.”

“The vehicle crews, who are from the same community, fled into a rough mountain area, and none of them have been arrested,” the officer regretted.

In the remote department of Gracias a Dios, Honduran authorities have been destroying clandestine airstrips used by drug traffickers to transport drugs from South America to the United States with the help of locals, impoverished Misquito indigenous people.

According to information provided by the head of the Honduran Military, General René Osorio, 17 airstrips have been destroyed so far this year by opening gaps in them with dynamite in order to prevent aircraft from landing.

Osorio indicated that another 50 airstrips have been identified and will likewise be destroyed in the departments of Colón, in northwestern Honduras; Olancho, in the east-central part of the country; and El Paraíso, in the east.

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