GUATEMALA CITY Guatemalan anti-drug agents on Monday seized a shipment of more than 700,000 tablets of pseudoephedrine the key ingredient in methamphetamine that originated in Bangladesh, authorities said.
Police spokesman Donald Gonzalez told reporters that the drug was found in one of the warehouses of Combex-IM Express Aereo, an air freight company operating in the facilities attached to Guatemala Citys La Aurora International Airport.
No one was arrested in connection with the seizure of the $1.19 million consignment, he said.
Gonzalez said that security forces initiated an investigation to establish to whom the shipment, the first one seized by police here in 2010, was directed.
The use and sale of pseudoephpedrine an ingredient in cold medications was prohibited in Guatemala in February 2009 because the substance is frequently diverted to make crystal meth and other synthetic drugs.
During 2009, Guatemalan authorities confiscated nearly 12 tons of pseudoephedrine valued at $19.12 million. EFE