Million-Dollar Seizure: Over USD 255 Million in Drugs and Assets

A significant number of results have been obtained in the battle against organized crime and drug trafficking in the country.

by Pamela Contreras

Guatemala City, by Lincy Rodríguez -AGN-. The relentless work of the Sub-Directorate General of Anti-Narcotics Information Analysis -SGAIA- of the National Civil Police -PNC- has led to significant results in the battle against organized crime and drug trafficking from January to November 2023.

The most recent SGAIA report reveals an impressive seizure of more than USD 255 million in drugs, weapons, and goods linked to organized crime. During this period, more than 5,628 kilograms of narcotics were confiscated, weakening criminal structures.

Successful Eradication

In addition, with the Army’s support, the security forces eradicated more than 10.42 million marijuana, poppy, and coca bushes. These strategic actions weaken the infrastructure of criminal groups involved in the illegal production of substances.

In addition to the seizure of drugs, 8 815,573.40 million quetzals, USD 92,340, 200 euros, and 24,835 Mexican pesos in cash were seized.

The operation included seizing 228 vehicles, three aircraft, two boats, and 164 firearms, resulting in a significant strike against criminal structures.

From January to November 19, the data shows the effectiveness of the police forces in the fight against drug trafficking. It also highlights the capture of 978 people linked to the criminal sector and the extradition of 15 others.

Eradication and Neutralization

The fight against drug trafficking also included the destruction of four laboratories and the disabling of 12 landing strips used by international structures to introduce illegal drugs into the national territory. All of this represents a significant strike to curb the entry of drugs into Guatemala.

A total of 4,959.05 kilograms of cocaine, 639.70 kilograms of marijuana, 23.37 kilograms of methamphetamines and 6.72 kilograms of crack were seized.

In addition, roughly 8 million coca bushes, more than 1.6 million marijuana plants, and over 667,000 poppy plants were eradicated, along with the destruction of 109.08 metric tons of chemical products. All of this reflects a successful strike against drug trafficking networks.

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