Guatemala Now Producing Drugs

The discovery of a cargo of pulp to produce cocaine in Puerto Quetzal shows that the country is not only a drug transport vector, but also a producer.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The arrival of the raw material makes it clear that it is being processed in the country in order to market it at a higher value.

An editorial note addresses the issue of drug trafficking under the title, "A step in the drug chain"

"In the case of drugs, imports such as these implies that those involved in this illegal business in Guatemala believe that there are facilities for operating there, due to a number of reasons ranging from a few checks at the customs and on route, and limited intelligence information to participation of people in key positions, among other things.

This conclusion is reinforced because a few days ago a shipment was confiscated of nearly 10 tons of precursor chemicals to manufacture synthetic drugs. The containers arrived from Taiwan and China, respectively. For the past two years people have been talking about the existence of a number of clandestine laboratories, organized by international drug traffickers. This reality forces us to analyze what should be done in order to counteract the effect in Guatemalan society in someway. "

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