Guatemala Seizes 320 Barrels of Chemicals Meant for Drug Manufacturing

By Dialogo
April 03, 2012

In a warehouse in the port of Santo Tomás de Castilla, on the Caribbean around 300 km northwest of the capital, the Guatemalan police seized 320 barrels of chemical substances for the production of synthetic drugs, originating in China and destined for Honduras, the agency announced.

The chemical substances came from Shanghai and had as their destination the Honduran firm San Marcos, Ocotepeque Importadora y Exportadora S.A., the Anti-Narcotics Analysis and Information Division (Daia) of the National Civil Police specified in a statement.

According to the authorities, the chemical precursors arrived at the port terminal on the ship San Antonio, in four containers of 80 barrels each.

The substance, identified as monomethylamine, is banned in Guatemala, but it was labeled as polyester for industrial use.

The daily Prensa Libre commented that the import documentation specified that the product would remain in Guatemala for 17 days and would then be transported to the southern part of the country to be loaded onto another ship that would take it to Puerto Cortés, Honduras.

The police and the Army have seized more than 2,500 receptacles containing chemical substances so far this year, chiefly in Guatemala City, Puerto Quetzal (on the Pacific), and Puerto Santo Tomás de Castilla (on the Caribbean).