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Honduras seizes “drug plane” “from Venezuela” with support from Colombia

The spokesman for the Armed Forces of Honduras, José Coello, told reporters that in the place where the plane was secured there was a confrontation between the military and criminal groups, without causing injuries.

By:
EFE

The Honduran authorities seized this Wednesday 21-O a plane from Venezuela that was transporting supposed cocaine in the department of Gracia a Dios, bordering Nicaragua, with the support of Colombia, official sources reported.

The twin-engine, with registration YV-2081, was secured in the Brus Laguna sector by soldiers from the Honduran Air Force and the Policarpo Paz Task Force, the Honduran investigation body said.

He noted that the aircraft was seized after the Honduran Criminal Investigation Technical Agency (ATIC) and prosecutors from the Intelligence Unit against Organized Crime issued an alert.

“The coups against drug trafficking do not stop and again thanks to the exchange of information between Honduras and Colombia, through the ATIC and the Navy of the South American country, respectively, a new drug seizure has been made,” said the Public Ministry Honduran.

The spokesman for the Armed Forces of Honduras, José Coello, told reporters that in the place where the plane was secured there was a confrontation between the military and criminal groups, without causing injuries.

Coello indicated that they also seized a drug bundle, the amount of which he did not specify, a satellite phone, two mobile phones and several containers with fuel.

The military institution, which this October 21 celebrates its 195 anniversary of foundation, activated the air security protocols and mobilized members of the special forces to the area, he added.

Court agents from the Special Prosecutor’s Office Against Organized Crime (Fescco) and ATIC staff also traveled to the area to carry out an inspection.

The Public Ministry indicated that this case is related to that of the plane that crashed and burned on October 13 in Gracias a Dios, an event in which its two crew members died burned.

The plane was carrying 30 kilos of cocaine, a pistol and five fuel containers.

The Honduran territory is one of those used for the passage of drugs that arrive from South America to the United States.

Honduran military have destroyed some thirty clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers to transport cocaine and other drugs to Mexico and the United States so far in 2020.

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