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Latino Daily News

Monday June 30, 2014

400 Kilos of Cocaine Seized in Honduras

Police seized at least 400 kilos of cocaine hidden in the cab of a truck in northern Honduras and arrested the driver on Sunday, military police spokesman Col. German Alfaro said.

The cocaine was discovered early Sunday in the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Alfaro told reporters.

The unidentified truck driver faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted on drug charges.

Officers are still examining the truck and could find more cocaine, Alfaro said.

The cocaine was seized by police and soldiers deployed by President Juan Orlando Hernandez’s administration as part of “Operation Morazan.”

Honduras, especially the Central American country’s Caribbean region, is used by South American drug traffickers to smuggle narcotics into the United States.

About 80 percent of the drugs, mainly cocaine, smuggled from South America into Mexico and bound for the United States passes through Honduras, U.S. officials say.

Honduran authorities have seized more than 3,000 kilos of cocaine, dozens of barrels of chemicals used to process illegal drugs and more than 400 firearms this year.

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