U.S. and Guatemala Conclude Joint Anti-Drug Operation
By Dialogo October 26, 2012Senior Guatemalan Military officers announced the end of the joint counter drug operation with the United States on October 24, after two months of operations in the south of the country, in which 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized.
“We have significant results including 598 air, land, and sea operations that were successful, which paid off since 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized in different locations, particularly in international waters,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez told the press.
In addition, eight speedboats and nine firearms were confiscated, and 14 people were arrested due to different crimes related to drug trafficking.
As the joint operations were finalized, 171 U.S. Marines left the country, and now the Guatemalan forces will continue with the operations, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Erick Escobedo.
“The operation will not stop, but it will be reduced. The Military and counter drug agents gained experience and the necessary training to continue with the fight against drug trafficking groups,” said the Military spokesman.
Since the beginning of the operation last August, the Armed Forces also found weapons and dismantled three laboratories that manufactured synthetic drugs.
Guatemala, as well as other countries in Central America, has become a bridge and drug cartel warehouse for smuggled narcotics from South America to the United States.