Brazilian drug trafficker killed in joint Honduras, U.S. drug bust
By Dialogo July 10, 2012
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras — A U.S. agent working with Honduran police fatally shot a Brazilian national last week during the seizure of nearly 1,000 kilos (2,205 pounds) of cocaine, U.S. officials said July 10.
Two agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) were involved in the July 3 operation in eastern Honduras, where a small plane carrying the cocaine crashed south of Catacamas. DEA agents are embedded with Honduran security forces in an effort to stem the flow of narcotics into the United States.
One of the two pilots was injured in the crash and arrested, while the other ignored orders to surrender and was shot after making a threatening gesture.
Officials said the suspected trafficker who died was a Brazilian national.
Around 90% of the cocaine that arrives in the United States passes through Central America and Mexico.
[AFP, 09/07/2012; Elheraldo.hn (Honduras), 09/07/2012]