El Salvador Seizes 400 Kilos of Cocaine
By Dialogo December 16, 2011The Salvadoran Navy seized around 400 kilos of cocaine that were being transported by two men, allegedly Guatemalans, in a speedboat in the Gulf of Fonseca (off southeastern El Salvador), in the Pacific Ocean, official sources announced.
“Early this morning, in the waters of the Gulf of Fonseca, Salvadoran authorities located a vessel with outboard motors, which was carrying 20 bundles containing cocaine, with an approximate weight of 400 kilos,” the National Civil Police announced.
The Defense Ministry explained that the boat was loaded with drugs, and when its two occupants realized that they had been discovered, they tried to sink it.
The two men arrested, 29-year-old William Pelares Martínez and 30-year-old Marvin Geovanny Mayorga López, were carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and were transported together with the drugs and the boat to a naval base in the port city of La Unión, 210 km southeast of San Salvador, the Defense Ministry stated.
Salvadoran police authorities contacted their counterparts in Guatemala to corroborate the nationality of the two men.