Guatemalan National Police Capture 12 People with 405 Kilos of Cocaine

By Dialogo
August 21, 2012

Seven Guatemalans and five Ecuadorians were captured in the early morning of Aug. 19 by narcotics officers of the Guatemalan National Police (PNC) when trying to enter the country with 405 kilos of cocaine, said officials.

According to the Guatemalan Ministry of Internal Affairs’ website, 12 people coming from Ecuador were arrested in the Aurora Airport’s private flights area, located in the southern outskirts of Guatemala City, when they tried to enter the country with 16 suitcases of 405 packages of cocaine.

“These actions are part of the joint work that we are carrying out in order to stop the actions of organized crime,” said Interior Minister Mauricio López Bonilla, according to the website.

The aircraft carrying the detainees, identified with registration HC-CDM, entered a hangar located in Aurora Airport’s private flight’s area on Saturday at 15:50h (21:50h GMT).

According to information provided, the Ecuadorians arrested were part of the aircraft’s crew and were identified as Wladimir Rosero, María Granizo, Luis Nachimba, Eunice Cerón and José Robalino.

The names of the seven Guatemalan passengers were Mynor Daniel González Vázquez, Allan Alberto Vázquez Sumix, Abner Alexander Salazar Girón, Gustavo Córdova Vázquez, Juan Carlos Sazo, Edwin Pérez Lopez and Claudia Patricia Girón González.

According to records of Guatemala’s anti-drug forces, in 2012, so far, 1,223 kilos of cocaine have been seized in various operations.