More Narcotic Landing Strips Found

Evidence suggests that drug traffickers are building more runways in Honduras to transport their drugs. For many, the logic of why the business grew in the country is clear: profits are juicy and the risk is minimal.

Honduras has already protested to agencies like the UN and OAS, the invasion of Venezuelan planes.

Some attribute the increase of narcotic planes to the suspension of military aid by the United States, following the events of June 28th.

An official report prepared by representatives of the Armed Forces (FF AA) through the 115th Infantry Brigade, based in Juticalpa, the District of Colon within Gracias a Dios, states that the traffickers have not stopped building their clandestine airstrips. The military investigation accounts for the finding of 21 landing strips located in three departments. In Olancho, eight sites were found, in Columbus nine, and four in Gracias a Dios. No explanation was given on when they were detected.

Last week, the AA FF found a plane cemetery in the area of La Mosquita.

This year some 40 aircraft were found abandoned in these areas, that supposedly carried drugs and money, and possibly even mercenaries from Venezuela.

The fight against this scourge is not easy in Honduras or anywhere in the world. Despite the difficulty, the great struggle of our soldiers is unstoppable, despite the great limitations; they have uncovered the clandestine airstrips and keep watch.

Some years ago, drug practice focused on the Mosquito Coast of Honduras, and the Bay Islands, due to the ease with which traffickers were able to access areas with little police and military surveillance, in addition to the geography and inaccessible swamps.

These days, however, the activity is concentrated in the departments of Gracias a Dios, Olancho and Colón, where there is supposedly a “constant landing of planes loaded with drugs”.

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