The U.S. and Guatemalan Coast Guards seized 598 kilos (1,318 pounds) of cocaine in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Guatemala, and captured five alleged drug traffickers, informed Guatemalan army spokesman Erick Escobedo, on September 18.
Escobedo explained that the drug was in a boat used for catching sharks and intercepted during the night on September 17.
According to the authorities, three of the five detainees are of Guatemalan nationality, while the other two are Ecuadorians. These individuals were immediately extradited to the United States and will be facing charges on drug trafficking.
The military spokesman said that the operation carried out in open sea is part of Operation Martillo, executed jointly by the Guatemalan and American armies to fight drug trafficking in the region.
So far this year, the Guatemalan security forces have confiscated about 3,600 kilos (7,936 pounds) of cocaine, while in 2001 the amount was of 4,119 kilos (9,080 pounds).