Honduran Authorities Seize Rifles, Anti-Tank Grenades, and Drugs

By Dialogo
March 22, 2011

Honduran police authorities seized a powerful arsenal, including anti-tank grenades, and a considerable amount of cocaine, in a residence in San Pedro Sula, 240 km north of the capital, Defense Minister Marlon Pascua announced on 18 March.

“It’s a large quantity of weapons, and especially heavy weapons, anti-tank weapons, fragmentation grenades, numerous M-16 clips, and there are AK-47 and M-16 rifles. We’re talking about weapons used by armies,” Pascua told the program Frente a Frente [Face to Face] on Honduran television’s Channel 5.

Pascua led a tour of the luxurious residence, on the northern outskirts of Honduras’s second most important city, where the cocaine and the arsenal found on 17 March were described.

The Honduran press reported that military authorities, the Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking, and other police bodies forced their way into the large residence, supposedly the headquarters of a transport firm.

In the location, after pulling up the floor, they found a tunnel where the weapons were: twenty-five RPG-7 grenade launchers with their grenades, eight boxes of M-16 rifles with around one thousand clips, eight boxes of M-16, AK-47, and AR-15 rifles, and ten bags with packages of cocaine, the weight of which has not yet been determined.

They also found uniforms used by the Honduran police, four Mexican police badges, and bulletproof vests, as well as six containers with hidden compartments for transporting drugs and lighting systems for clandestine landing strips for small planes.

Pascua said that two suspects will be investigated, and he added that the arsenal is believed to be linked to a drug laboratory discovered near San Pedro Sula on 9 March.

“We don’t know their intentions, whether they meant to use (the arsenal) here or in another country,” he admitted.

Colombian specialists have arrived in Honduras to help the Honduran authorities investigate the laboratory, where large amounts of cocaine were processed for export to North America, after importing the paste and all the ingredients from South America, according to the authorities.