Guatemala Creates Military Unit to Combat Narco-trafficking

By Dialogo
February 11, 2015



Guatemala’s Ministry of Defense recently approved the formation of a nine-squadron unit to combat narco-trafficking and other criminal enterprises throughout the country:


The First Squadron will be stationed in six zones of Guatemala City



The Second, Third, and Fifth Squadrons will be based in the Department of Guatemala, and stationed in ten other zones of Guatemala City



The Fourth Squadron will patrol the Departments of San Marcos and Quetzaltenango



The Seventh Squadron will patrol the Departments of Huehuetenango and Quiché



The Eighth Squadron will be based in the Departments of Izabal, Chiquimula and Zacapa



The Ninth Squadron will be deployed in the Departments of Escuintla and Suchitepéquez


The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point for South American drug trafficking organizations. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombian Army neutralizes two bombs left near a school by the FARC


The Colombian National Army’s Seventh Division recently neutralized two bombs placed by a school, allegedly by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 36th Front. The devices could have injured civilians or Troops conducting patrols in the area.

The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) contained about 8 kilograms of explosives and were found planted along a trail some 50 meters from the La Hondonada School and two residences in the mountainous area of El Roble, in the Department of Antioquia. Soldiers didn’t allow students to attend classes while they dismantled the explosives.

Antioquia has been a frequent target of attacks by the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group that uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its criminal organization.


Guatemala’s Ministry of Defense recently approved the formation of a nine-squadron unit to combat narco-trafficking and other criminal enterprises throughout the country:


The First Squadron will be stationed in six zones of Guatemala City



The Second, Third, and Fifth Squadrons will be based in the Department of Guatemala, and stationed in ten other zones of Guatemala City



The Fourth Squadron will patrol the Departments of San Marcos and Quetzaltenango



The Seventh Squadron will patrol the Departments of Huehuetenango and Quiché



The Eighth Squadron will be based in the Departments of Izabal, Chiquimula and Zacapa



The Ninth Squadron will be deployed in the Departments of Escuintla and Suchitepéquez


The Central American nation has emerged as a key transshipment point for South American drug trafficking organizations. Nearly 90 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States comes through Mexico and Central America, according to the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board.

Colombian Army neutralizes two bombs left near a school by the FARC


The Colombian National Army’s Seventh Division recently neutralized two bombs placed by a school, allegedly by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia’s (FARC) 36th Front. The devices could have injured civilians or Troops conducting patrols in the area.

The improvised explosive devices (IEDs) contained about 8 kilograms of explosives and were found planted along a trail some 50 meters from the La Hondonada School and two residences in the mountainous area of El Roble, in the Department of Antioquia. Soldiers didn’t allow students to attend classes while they dismantled the explosives.

Antioquia has been a frequent target of attacks by the FARC, the country’s largest guerrilla group that uses proceeds from narco-trafficking to fund its criminal organization.
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