Honduras Receives Planes from U.S. to Fight Drug Trafficking
By Dialogo November 16, 2011
Honduras has received two small planes donated by the United States for the fight against drug trafficking, rescues, and humanitarian assistance, official sources announced.
The two Maule MXT-7-180 aircraft were received at the Honduran Air Force (FAH) base south of Tegucigalpa by the Air Force Chief of Staff , General Ruiz Pastor.
“These machines will take care of the needs that we have,” said the general, who announced that another two aircraft will arrive on November 17.
For his part, Jorge Aldana, representing the U.S. Southern Command, stated that “these small planes were chosen for multiple uses, including humanitarian assistance, anti-narcotics, and search and rescue.”
According to U.S. officials, 90 percent of the cocaine consumed in the United States passes through Central America, and the cartels have obtained the collaboration of fishermen and local residents, resulting in an increase in local drug trafficking and drug use, as well as homicide rates.
This kind of donation seems interesting to me and is a help for all the countries used by drug trafficking as bridges and exits for their operations. All that's left is to to put said airplanes to use and keep a constant fight going against drug trafficking.