Photo: Illegal Guns Seizure Honduras
A man was apprehended Thursday as he tried to bring assault rifles, grenade-launchers and other war materiel into the Caribbean province of Colon, Honduran police said.
Jose Andino, 35, was at the wheel of the pickup truck carrying the contraband, police inspector Julian Hernandez told the press.
The arms cache included five U.S.-made M-16 assault rifles, which are standard issue for Honduran soldiers, as well as three grenade-launchers, bullet-proof vests and various types of ammunition.
Police stopped the truck in the Plan de Flores sector of Colon after receiving a tip about a consignment of arms coming into the Caribbean province from the northern city of San Pedro Sula, Hernandez said.
Colon is wracked by conflict between palm-oil barons and landless peasants, while authorities say drug traffickers are also active in the area.
Honduras’s 2011 homicide rate of 92 murders per 100,000 people was one of the highest in the world, U.N. experts said in a recent report.
About 18 violent deaths occur in the Central American country daily, according to figures compiled by the National Police and human rights groups.