Guatemalan Counter-Narcotics Forces Seize Cocaine

By Dialogo
May 04, 2015



Guatemalan counter-narcotics forces recently captured eight suspects and seized 170 kilograms of cocaine from two fishing boats in the South Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Ojo de Halcón (Falcon's Eye).

Law enforcement agents from the Defense Ministry and the National Civil Police found the cocaine hidden inside fuel containers aboard the vessels; they then transported the suspects -- including four Guatemalans, two Ecuadoreans, a Salvadoran, and a Colombian -- to a Guatemalan Naval Base in the department of Escuintla.

Operation Ojo de Halcón, which is a partnership between Guatemalan security forces and the United States, was launched in February. It targets the departments of Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, Escuintla, San Marcos, and Jutiapa, which are along or close to Guatemala’s Pacific coast, making them a narcotrafficking hotbed.

About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report.

Colombian National Navy and Air Force cooperate with Panama to seize cocaine


The Colombian Navy's Neptuno Task Force Against Drug Trafficking and Air Force partnered with Panamanian law enforcement authorities to seize 611 kilograms of cocaine.

The bust took place when Colombian authorities spotted a suspicious boat that had docked along the coast of Panama City. When they alerted their counterparts in Panama, Panamanian security forces followed the two suspects into a residence, took them into custody and confiscated the cocaine, as well as a digital scale and two money-counting machines.

Neither Colombian nor Panamanian officials immediately reported the suspects’ identities or which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned the cocaine, which was valued at $16 million and destined for the U.S.

The Colombian Navy has seized more than 5.5 tons of cocaine being trafficked in the Colombian Caribbean since January 1. It is asking residents to use hotline 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods throughout Colombia’s Pacific region.


Guatemalan counter-narcotics forces recently captured eight suspects and seized 170 kilograms of cocaine from two fishing boats in the South Pacific Ocean as part of Operation Ojo de Halcón (Falcon's Eye).

Law enforcement agents from the Defense Ministry and the National Civil Police found the cocaine hidden inside fuel containers aboard the vessels; they then transported the suspects -- including four Guatemalans, two Ecuadoreans, a Salvadoran, and a Colombian -- to a Guatemalan Naval Base in the department of Escuintla.

Operation Ojo de Halcón, which is a partnership between Guatemalan security forces and the United States, was launched in February. It targets the departments of Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu, Escuintla, San Marcos, and Jutiapa, which are along or close to Guatemala’s Pacific coast, making them a narcotrafficking hotbed.

About 80 percent of the cocaine that reaches the United States is trafficked through Mexico and Central America, the United Nations International Narcotics Control Board stated in its 2014 report.

Colombian National Navy and Air Force cooperate with Panama to seize cocaine


The Colombian Navy's Neptuno Task Force Against Drug Trafficking and Air Force partnered with Panamanian law enforcement authorities to seize 611 kilograms of cocaine.

The bust took place when Colombian authorities spotted a suspicious boat that had docked along the coast of Panama City. When they alerted their counterparts in Panama, Panamanian security forces followed the two suspects into a residence, took them into custody and confiscated the cocaine, as well as a digital scale and two money-counting machines.

Neither Colombian nor Panamanian officials immediately reported the suspects’ identities or which narcotrafficking or organized crime group owned the cocaine, which was valued at $16 million and destined for the U.S.

The Colombian Navy has seized more than 5.5 tons of cocaine being trafficked in the Colombian Caribbean since January 1. It is asking residents to use hotline 147 to report any suspicious activity while it continues to combat violence and the trafficking of illicit goods throughout Colombia’s Pacific region.
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