Honduran Police Seize Record Drugs Haul

Category: World / Nov 30, 2012 3:28PM EDT
Honduran authorities on Thursday (November 29) seized what local media said was a record 15 tonnes of drugs worth up to $450 million dollars hidden beneath a mountain house in the northern province of Yoro. The drugs were found in an underground chamber, especially built to store mainly cocaine packages, in a rural village. Local media also reported the drugs were flown into the country from Venezuela via four flights. El Yoro province has seen a rise in activity linked to drug traffickers with the largest amount of drug planes reported in the area. At the weekend, Honduran anti-drug agents broke up an alleged gang of synthetic drug producers and seized $100 million (£62.4 million) in assets. Anti-drug trafficking agents carried out raids on 24 sites in the northern part of the country, seizing 700 heads of cattle and 150 vehicles in one of the biggest organized crime seizures in the last decade. The Mexican government's campaign to tame its drug cartels has driven Mexican drug traffickers to set up shop in Honduras. Colombian Cartels also operate in the country. Criminal violence in the Central American nation has escalated thanks in part to the Mexican cartels' presence. According to the United Nations, Honduras has the highest per capita homicide rate in the world, with 86 homicides for every 100,000 inhabitants.