Six suspected drug traffickers, including two Salvadorans and a Mexican, were captured in Guatemala’s Pacific Ocean waters, the National Civilian Police, or PNC, said Wednesday.
The arrests were made on Tuesday by anti-drug personnel with the support of Guatemala’s coast guard and U.S. drug enforcement agents, the PNC said in a statement.
The three Guatemalans and the three foreigners were intercepted on the high seas in two boats containing 10 kilograms of cocaine.
The arrested Mexican was identified as Tomas Robles Toledo, 38, and the Salvadorans are Nelson Leonidas Garcia Fuentes, 30, and Jose David Gomez Martinez, 37.
The three Guatemalans were identified as Edgar Arnoldo Enriquez Flores, 30; Wolfredo Thomas Lopez Paz, 39; and Hercando Misael Ramirez Casiano, 40.
Prosecutors were brought to the site to perform field tests on the confiscated drugs and to authorize the transfer of the six suspects to a jail in Puerto Quetzal, a city in Escuintla province, the PNC said.
Drug enforcement agents have seized more than 3,200 kilos of cocaine in Guatemala so far this year.
In 2013, according to official figures, authorities seized 3,406 kilos of coke and in 2012 the total was 3,292 kilos.