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Saturday May 19, 2012

Guatemalan Prosecutors and Police Arrested For Facilitating Drug Smuggling

Guatemalan Prosecutors and Police Arrested For Facilitating Drug Smuggling

Photo: Shipments from Asia went undetected with the help of the suspects

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Three Guatemalan prosecutors and four police officers were arrested Friday on suspicion of ties to drug trafficking, the country’s interior minister said.

The suspects “facilitated” the operations of a group that smuggled in precursor chemicals used to make synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine, Mauricio Lopez told a press conference in the capital.

He said the prosecutors and cops ensured that chemical shipments from Asia entered Guatemala undetected and made it safely to clandestine drug labs.

The arrests followed an investigation by the Interior Ministry and the Attorney General’s Office based on intelligence information, Lopez said.

The suspects are charged with criminal conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Guatemalan security forces have seized more than 300,000 gallons of drug precursors so far this year and arrested a score of people in connection with those operations.