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Thursday May 10, 2012

80 Tons of Drug Precursors Confiscated by Guatemalan Police

80 Tons of Drug Precursors Confiscated by Guatemalan Police

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At least 80 tons of drug precursors were seized in two separate operations in Guatemala and one person was arrested, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said.

Some of the chemicals, used to manufacture synthetic drugs, were found at a warehouse in Puerto Quetzal, a port city on the Pacific coast.

The shipment of methanol arrived in the Central American country from Indonesia and was bound for a plastics company in the southern section of Guatemala City, the PNC said.

PNC officers also seized three tons of monomethylamine being hauled by Byron Galicia, 38, who was arrested.

The chemicals are used by drug traffickers to produce synthetic drugs that are smuggled into Mexico and the United States, the Interior Ministry said.

Guatemalan security forces have seized more than 300,000 gallons of chemical precursors and arrested a dozen people in connection with the production of synthetic drugs, the government said.