Guatemala: 453 kg of Cocaine Seized and Drug Crops Destroyed

By Dialogo
March 17, 2011

On 15 March, Guatemalan anti-drug agents reported the seizure of 453 kg of cocaine and the detention of five individuals with firearms, as well as the destruction of 110 poppy and marijuana fields.

“The blows struck against drug trafficking in the last twenty-four hours are estimated at 950.2 million quetzales (123.4 million dollars),” National Civil Police spokesperson Dónald González affirmed to AFP.

The cocaine was discovered the previous day during an operation in the towns of Fray Bartolomé de las Casas and Raxuhá, both in Alta Verapaz, in the northern part of the country, he explained.

During the action, five people were detained, who were carrying four firearms and had ammunition and two vehicles.

In December, Alvaro Colom’s administration decreed a state of emergency in Alta Verapaz, for the purpose of recovering control of the area and closing it to gangs of drug traffickers.

The authorities destroyed the poppy and marihuana fields in three communities in Tajumulco, in the department of San Marcos, on the border with Mexico.