Guatemala: Abandoned plane found on clandestine airstrip

Security forces in Guatemala located an abandoned airplane located on a clandestine airstrip. The airstrip was found in El Manchon, Champerico, Retalhuleu, according to an Emisoras Unidas report. Officials suspect that the plane and airstrip was used by narco-traffickers. Several suspects fled the scene upon the arrival of security forces. An ATV was also abandoned. Read Article

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Seven Guatemalans and five Ecuadorians arrested after cocaine found on jet

Seven Guatemalans and five Ecuadorians were arrested after officials discovered 405 kilos of cocaine inside a private jet. The five Ecuadorians were crew members on the plane, Siglo 21 reports. The other suspects claimed to be unemployed, and that they had travelled to Ecuador for work training. The suspects and the drugs were found inside […]

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Guatemala: Woman arrested for selling drugs in playground

Mirna Aguilar Martínez (50) was captured in Tiquisate, Guatemala for allegedly selling drugs in a playground for children. She was found with bags of marijuana and a cell phone, Prensa Libre reports. A resident in the area reported that she would call to children and offer them drugs. At the time of the arrest, Martínez […]

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Two Guatemalan women sanctioned by U.S. for involvement with Los Zetas

The United States sanctioned two women from Guatemala who laundered money for a drug trafficking organization associated with the Mexican Los Zetas cartel. The women were identified as Cristina Stetanel Castellanos Chacón and María Corina Saenz Lehnhoff, alias María Corina Del Pinal. According to Publimetro, the person running the organization was Marlory Dadiana Chacón Rossell. […]

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Drugs from Hong Kong found in Guatemalan port after passing through Panama

Anti-narcotics officials in Guatemala seized 80 tons of cocaine paste in the port of Puerto Quetzal. The shipment had remained unclaimed since its arrival on July 21, 2012, Siglo 21 reports. Documents indicated it contained varnish, but upon opening the container, it was clear that it was concealing cocaine paste. Officials believe the drugs originated […]

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Guatemalan attempts to fly to from Colombia with heroin in stomach

Lesther Alexander Choxon Cifuentes (28) was captured in the Cartagena airport in Colombia as he attempted to leave the country with 600 grams of heroin in his stomach. A Guatemalan citizen, he was preparing to board a plane en route to Guatemala with a stop in Panama, El Universal reports. He was arrested after authorities […]

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Drugs located in car of Honduran police agent

A Honduran police officer and two civilians were stopped and arrested as they were driving near the Guatemalan border with $10 thousand in a false compartment. The compartment was located between the back seats and the trunk. Drug-sniffing dogs detected traces of drugs inside the vehicle, leading to the search and seizure.The suspects were identified […]

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Alleged Zetas members apprehended in Puebla, Mexico

Officials arrested four alleged Los Zetas members in Puebla, Mexico and seized drugs, money, firearms, and vehicles. Among those arrested was William de Jesús Torres Solórzano, alias “el W” and “el Come Gusanos.” He is known to have transferred drugs and money between Mexico and Guatemala, Sin Embargo reports. During the operation, cocaine and 830,000 […]

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Drug mule caught in Guatemalan airport transporting cocaine; Flew from Colombia

Luis Antonio Rios Perez (27) was detained in the Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala after flying from Barranquilla, Colombia with liquid cocaine. He had swallowed 46 capsules of the drug to evade detection, the Government of Guatemala website reports. However, after passing through security controls after arriving in Guatemala, officials noted his nervous […]

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Alleged assassin caught after raids in Jalapa, Guatemala

After carrying out 12 operation in Jalapa, Guatemala, the National Civil Police, along with Special Forces and the Public Ministry, were able to catch and arrest an alleged assassin. According to a Siglo 21 report, Pedro Lima Cruz (21) was arrested for killing two youths that were suspected to be drug dealers. Their names were […]

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Drug production chemicals found in Guatemala port; Shipped from Russia and China

Three containers with chemicals used for the production of synthetic drugs were found by authorities at the Santo Tomás de Castilla port on the Caribbean. According to Prensa Latina, two of the containers were shipped from Russia and contained 800 kilograms of sodium carbonate. The other, shipped from Shanghai, China, contained 19,600 kilos of sodium […]

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1,500 kilos of drugs shipped from Ecuador to the Americas, Europe, and Asia this year

1,484.9 kilos of drugs have been seized in various locations in the Americas, Europe, and Asia so far in 2012. The total value of these drugs is valued at over $190 million, El Universo reports. Several notable seizures include one that took place in the Milan, Italy airport in January, when police arrested five people […]

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Guatemala City: Cocaine found on plane arriving from United States

20 kilos of cocaine valued at 2 million quetzales were discovered inside a commercial plane that made a stop in the Guatemala City airport after departing from Orlando, Florida, United States. According to El Salvador.com, the cocaine was found in 40 bags in the food preparation area of the plane. It was found when a […]

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Suspected maritime narco-traffickers caught in Guatemala, wanted in USA

Abigaíl Juncos Trinidad, alias “Viga” and Amadeo Wenceslao Junco Grijalva, alias “Maya” were captured in Guatemala. The two were wanted in Florida, the United States, for crimes of drug trafficking and conspiracy. According to Siglo 21, they were planning to distribute several kilos of cocaine and were intending to import the drug into the United […]

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Mexico City airport scandal: Federal agents trafficked drugs to the U.S. and Spain

After three federal police officers were shot by two other officers in the Mexico City airport on June 25, 2012, officials have been investigating an international drug trafficking network operating within the airport. According to Milenio, drug shipments from Colombia, Peru, and Guatemala were permitted through the airport. Corrupt federal agents would encourage customs agents […]

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Guatemala and United States to cooperate in anti-narcotics operation

President of Guatemala Otto Perez Molina announced that the United States and Guatemala will work together the coming July in an operation aimed to combat drug trafficking through Guatemala. Guatemala also plans to coordinate efforts with Mexico due to the 900 kilometer border between the two, Siglo 21 reports. Part of the operation will involve […]

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Improved institutions in Guatemala lead to more drug arrests

Recent captures of drug traffickers in Guatemala have been attributed to institutional improvements in the country, which has included a reformatting of investigative bodies, better systems for gathering and analyzing intelligence, and more coordination within and between institutions. According to Agencia Guatemalteca Noticias, these improvements have allowed officials to disband drug trafficking organizations, which has […]

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Costa Rican drug organization uses San Juan river as trafficking route

A drug trafficking organization led by the Costa Rican Alejandro González Jiménez, known as “The Palidejo,” has been reported to utilize the San Juan river in Nicaragua as a drug route between Costa Rica and Guatemala. According to Nuevaya, shipments of drugs  enter Nicaragua stored in backpacks carried by mules along the river until vehicle […]

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Mother and son arrested in drug raid in Guatemala

Antonia Reyna Rivera, 41, and her 15-year-old son were arrested after a raid revealed a stash of drugs including marijuana and crack cocaine in their home. The two resided in the El Porvenir neighborhood in La Gomera, Escuintla, Guatemala, the government reports. 55 bags of marijuana, 45 stones of crack cocaine, 4 inhalation tubes, weapons, […]

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Mexican drug trafficker stopped in Guatemala, connections to Sinaloa Cartel; wanted in USA

Walter Alirio Montejo Mérida, alias “El Zope,” a Mexican narco-trafficker associated with smuggling operations involving the Sinaloa Cartel, was captured in Guatemala City. According to Provincia, he is one of the most active drug traffickers in Guatemala and is reported to be the link between the Sinaloa Cartel and the Familia Lorenzana, a narco group […]

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Hitman “El Chino” caught in San José Pínula, Guatemala

Edgar Rolando Acute Alfaro (27), alias “El Chino,” was captured June 5, 2012, in a raid in San José Pínula, Guatemala. He was wanted for murder and attempted murder, Prensa Libre reports. He is accused of leading an armed attack on April 5 that occurred on the road to Mataquescuintla, Jalapa, in which two people […]

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Los Zetas organization threatens southern coast and capital in Guatemala

The southern coast of Guatemala, as well as the capital city, is seeing heightened drug activity due to the mobilization of the Mexican drug trafficking organization Los Zetas. The exhaustion of resources and power in the Petén, Izabal, Zacapa and Huehuetenango areas, which were locations of serious conflicts over the last five years, is blamed […]

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Interpol captures Ecuadorian in Guatemala, wanted in Peru for drug trafficking

Interpol captured Ecuadorian citizen William Alsivar Medina Rodríguez, 40, in Guatemala City on May 28, 2012. He was wanted in Peru for crimes against public health and drug trafficking, El Universo reports. The arrest occurred at the immigration office in Guatemala City, where Medina had been in the process of completing an application for residency […]

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Honduran police officers ambushed by Zetas

After receiving a distress call, Honduran police officers left to Mount de Los Negros where they encountered a mysterious vehicle and were later ambushed by a heavily armed group of Zetas informed La Prensa. The staged emergency has no leads on the supposed criminals, but addresses the increase of organized crime and drug manufacturing near […]

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Panama alerts Guatemala and Mexico about stolen pills

Panama alerted that the 48,000 tablets of the drug “histaclor” stolen from a truck might be used to manufacture dangerous drugs in Guatemala and Mexico reported Zona Izabal. The Panamanian Ministry of Health issued an alert of the disappearance of the drug while the truck was near a mall. The drug contains seudofredina, which can […]

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Guatemala, August festivities hope to increase tourism

Committees of self-management tourism (CAT), optimistically wait for a boost in tourism this fall to meet expectations of the Guatemalan Institute of tourism (Inguat), inform PrensaLibre.com. Inguat is expecting around 35 thousand Salvadorians for the Savior of the World festivities, which prompted the preparation of several promotions. CAT hopes that the sudden increase in tourism […]

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Argentina, Guatemala, Two arrests in Cabral murder case

Two men accused of being involved in the assassination of Argentine singer Facundo Cabral were arrested today in Guatemala, according to lavoz.com.ar. One of the men arrested is believed to have hired the gunman who shot Cabral and the other man was one of two drivers of the vehicles used during the shooting. Officials have […]

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Mexico: 120 Central Americans Kidnapped by Los Zetas

A group of 120 from Central America – 41 Guatemalans, 40 Hondurans and 43 Salvadorans – were taking a train from Oaxaca to Veracruz on June 24 when they were kidnapped, Prensa Libre reports. Early investigations indicate that the train was intercepted by at least 12 armed men belonging to the drug cartel Los Zetas. […]

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Guatemala, three women murdered within three hours

Unidentified individuals shot and killed three women in three hours in two separate events, which also left a bus driver injured, relief agencies reported. The first occurred at 4.30 am on Seventh Avenue and Second Street in Zone 2 of Villa Canales Boca del Monte, where a woman died during a direct attack. Read Article

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