TEGUCIGALPA – Police seized 460 kilos of cocaine after a shootout with drug traffickers in the Caribbean region of Honduras, police spokesmen said Thursday.
The seizure occurred Wednesday night in Brus Laguna, a district in Gracias a Dios province, National Police spokesman Leonel Sauceda told Efe.
The drug traffickers were preparing to load the drug onto three speedboats when a police unit and National Drug Enforcement Agency, or DNLCN, agents arrived on the scene, Sauceda said.
The drug traffickers fled after exchanging shots with the security forces, a gun battle in which nobody was injured, and they left the packages of cocaine, which amounted to “approximately 460 kilos,” the police spokesman said.
The authorities destroyed the speedboats and two jet skis that belonged to the drug traffickers by setting them on fire at the site to prevent them from being used illegally later, and the drug was transported to Tegucigalpa in a helicopter.
Police are searching for the small plane that brought the drug to Brus Laguna from South America, Sauceda said.
The operation was conducted with the support of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, which this week also helped Honduran authorities dismantle three camps with landing strips that had been used by traffickers to receive drugs in Gracias a Dios.
At the camps, which were located in remote spots near the border with Nicaragua, authorities seized electrical generators, wire and hundreds of lights, machinery, an automobile and about 30 rounds of ammunition, the press reported.
The operations, in which authorities made no arrests, were carried out by members of the navy, army and DNLCN with the support of the DEA. EFE