Guatemala Seizes 18,800 Kg of Chemical Precursors from China

By Dialogo
July 31, 2012

Early Sunday morning, Guatemalan anti-drug authorities seized a shipment of 18,800 kg of chemical precursors shipped from China, according to an announcement by the 5th Deputy Interior Ministry, in charge of the fight against drug trafficking.

“The product arrived yesterday in two containers coming from China and that were transported on a boat that docked in Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla (in northern Guatemala),” a source from that agency stated.

According to the information provided, the chemical precursors, substances used in the manufacture of synthetic drugs, were supposed to be shipped to an alleged firm operating on the northern outskirts of the Guatemalan capital; nevertheless, the investigators verified that the firm does not exist.

In addition, like a shipment seized on July 14, the chemical products were allegedly declared as electrical transformers.

That day, at the same port terminal, the Guatemalan authorities also seized 19,600 kilograms of sodium sulfate, the alleged final destination of which was a firm located in Puerto Cortés, Honduras.