Drugs Seized in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, amount to Q180 Million ($23 Million Dollars).

With the support of the Air Unit of the Ministry of the Interior (UNAGOB), on Thursday, February 29, agents from the General Sub-Directorate of Antinarcotic Information Analysis (SGAIA) of the National Civil Police (PNC) transported to the institution’s warehouses in the capital, the 1,497 drug packages seized two days earlier in Coatepeque, Quetzaltenango, southwest of the country. The expertise determined that the entire illicit substance weighs 1,761 kilograms, with an appraisal value exceeding 180 million quetzales (~$23 Million Dollars). According to the inspection, the packages contain cocaine.

“This seizure represents one of the most significant blows to drug trafficking in the history of Guatemala.” Dr. Francisco Jiménez

The illicit substances were located in two trucks located in “Lotificación Magnolia”, zone 6 area of Coatepeque, 34 kilometers from the border with Mexico. Two individuals accused of being in charge of the cargo were detained at the scene. This achievement is the result of the actions of the Territorial Control Plan, launched by the Minister of the Interior, Francisco Jiménez, on February 6 in border areas. This aims to eradicate organized and transnational crime in the sector.

This seizure represents a severe blow to drug trafficking organizations attempting to operate in the region.

The outcome of the coordinated work demonstrates the commitment of the Government and the authorities of the Ministry of the Interior (Mingob) to guarantee the security and protection of the Guatemalan citizens.

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