A shark vessel with some two tons of cocaine was intercepted in Caribbean waters by the naval force of Honduras and its six crew members, including four Colombians, were arrested, the authorities reported on Sunday.
The spokesman for the prosecution, Yuri Mora, told AFP that the “Four Colombians and the two Hondurans brought 79 bales of cocaine, which would make approximately two tons.”
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“This is the biggest seizure of the year,” added the spokesman, while presenting the bundles of drugs and the detainees at a press conference at the Honduran Air Force base, at the Toncontín airport, south of Tegucigalpa.
The detainees and the cargo were transported in a small plane to Tegucigalpa to submit them to the courts and make an accurate count of the 79 bales.
The Armed Forces had announced in a statement that a fishing vessel, 14 meters long and with three outboard motors, was trapped almost 4 km off the coast of the Honduran Caribbean department of Gracias a Dios.
“6 citizens were required, 2 of them Honduran nationality and 4 Colombian nationality, who were transporting 79 bundles” of drugs, the statement noted.
Nearly five tons of cocaine had been seized by Honduran authorities this year, as of November 30.
For decades, the department of Gracias a Dios, inhabited by indigenous Miskitos, and other regions of Honduras have been used to unload planes and boats with cocaine shipments heading north.
In 2017, the first coca fields also began to be observed. More than 3.2 million plants have been incinerated by the Honduran authorities so far this year, when they also destroyed 23 drug laboratories and disabled 13 landing strips with explosives.
Half a hundred Hondurans have been extradited, captured, or voluntarily turned themselves in to the United States for drug trafficking since 2010.
The US justice system attributed responsibility for drug trafficking to former Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández (2014-2022), extradited to the United States in April.
The former Honduran president risks a life sentence, as happened with his brother Tony in March 2021.
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