Honduras: 10.3 tons of drugs seized are pseudoephedrine
By Dialogo December 03, 2012
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras – The 10.3-ton cache seized in Honduras Nov. 29 turned out to be pseudoephedrine, which is used to make synthetic drugs such as ecstasy, and not cocaine as it was originally thought, authorities said Dec. 1.
“The toxicological tests showed positive that it was pseudoephedrine paste to produce ecstasy pills,” said the prosecutor’s office spokesman, Elvis Guzmán.
The drugs were stashed in a 15-meter-long (49-foot-long) tunnel found on a farm in the department of Yoro, some 200 kilometers (124.3 miles) north of Tegucigalpa.
At least 8 people were arrested in a series of raids that began over the weekend and resulted in the seizure of US$100 million in property.
“On the property [the suspects] were installing a laboratory to process the narcotics and to supply the Mexican and Central American markets,” Guzmán added.
Honduras, like other Central American countries, has become a key transit point for drugs moving from South America to the United States.
[AFP (Honduras), 02/12/2012; El Heraldo (Honduras), 01/12/2012; La Prensa (Honduras), 01/12/2012; Emol (Chile), 02/12/2012]