Guatemala: Authorities seize huge drug precursor cargo

By Dialogo
July 17, 2012

GUATEMALA CITY — Authorities seized on July 14 three containers from Russia and China filled with sodium carbonate and sodium sulfate, chemical precursors of synthetic drugs, at the port city of Santo Tomás de Castilla, on Guatemala’s Caribbean coast, an Interior Ministry spokesperson said.
In one container from Shanghai, China, authorities found 19.6 tons of sodium sulfate, the spokesperson said. In the other two containers, both from Russia, 1,160 sacks of 60 pounds each filled with sodium carbonate were found.
Authorities have yet to make an arrest but are investigating the company and individuals listed as recipients of the containers in Guatemala City.
[AFP, 16/07/2012; (Guatemala), 16/07/2012]