Honduras Seizes 350 Kilos of Cocaine in First “Large” Drug Bust of 2013

Defense Minister Marlon Pascua reported that during the early Wednesday morning hours, a large quantity of drugs and the boat providing its transporation were seized during an operation by the Honduran Navy in the region of La Moskitia, Gracias Adios.

One of the alleged drug traffickers was shot and another was arrested after a crew member on the suspect boat refused to pull over, and instead, pulled a gun and began firing. In the ensuing shootout, one of the suspected traffickers was killed in the crossfire, another surrendered.

350 Kilos of Cocaine Seized

350 Kilos of Cocaine (772 lbs.) were seized in Honduras’s first large drug bust of 2013

The Public Ministry was given the 13 bales of approximately 350 kilos of cocaine as evidence for the prosecution of drug trafficking.

The deceased gunman was identified as Paul Raymond from Jamaica and the detainee was identified as Gray Sebert Mancle, 58, also from Jamaica. He was sent to take up a faith based alcohol treatment until his hearing was decided, which was two weeks from the date of the incident.

Minister Pascua confirmed that the military has been patrolling key areas to look for drug traffickers, despite their many limitations in the anti-narcotics operations, and that
this was the first drug seizure of a large quantity this year.

The Defense Minister added that he was saddened that only a few days ago, an officer of the Navy died in a clash with drug traffickers, and that the deceased, “… was a promising youth, and we have also lost other talented youths within the armed forces in this ongoing fight against organized crime”.

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