Guatemalan Army Helps Destroy Millions of Poppy Plants

By Dialogo
January 29, 2015



Guatemalan Army Helps Destroy Millions of Poppy Plants


Guatemalan Army Troops, counter-narcotics agents and prosecutors recently worked together to eradicate more than 4.64 million poppy plants that could have been used to produce more than $15 million in heroin.

Soldiers, prosecutors, and about 300 counter-narcotics officials carried out the mission in the villages of Vega del Suchiate and Malacatillo in the Department of San Marcos, which borders Mexico, Guatemala’s Ministry of the Interior reported on January 27.

Colombian National Army introduces 32 new light armored vehicles


The Colombian National Army recently introduced a fleet of 32 new light armored vehicles that will be used to fight narco-trafficking and other crimes and improve infrastructure, according to the Ministry of Defense.

The vehicles, which cost $84 million, will be housed at a new tactical unit in the municipality of Distracción in the Department of La Guajira. Each vehicle can transport 11 Soldiers, and Troops will use them to patrol the northern part of the country.

They each have a remote control system that can be used in minefields, thereby reducing injuries to Troops. They also have weapons systems that can be operated remotely, and can travel up to 100 kilometers an hour.

“This equipment and other capabilities that we have acquired are a sign of the modernization and transformation of our Armed Forces,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told reporters.


Guatemalan Army Helps Destroy Millions of Poppy Plants


Guatemalan Army Troops, counter-narcotics agents and prosecutors recently worked together to eradicate more than 4.64 million poppy plants that could have been used to produce more than $15 million in heroin.

Soldiers, prosecutors, and about 300 counter-narcotics officials carried out the mission in the villages of Vega del Suchiate and Malacatillo in the Department of San Marcos, which borders Mexico, Guatemala’s Ministry of the Interior reported on January 27.

Colombian National Army introduces 32 new light armored vehicles


The Colombian National Army recently introduced a fleet of 32 new light armored vehicles that will be used to fight narco-trafficking and other crimes and improve infrastructure, according to the Ministry of Defense.

The vehicles, which cost $84 million, will be housed at a new tactical unit in the municipality of Distracción in the Department of La Guajira. Each vehicle can transport 11 Soldiers, and Troops will use them to patrol the northern part of the country.

They each have a remote control system that can be used in minefields, thereby reducing injuries to Troops. They also have weapons systems that can be operated remotely, and can travel up to 100 kilometers an hour.

“This equipment and other capabilities that we have acquired are a sign of the modernization and transformation of our Armed Forces,” Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón told reporters.
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