Guatemala Navy, US Coast Guard intercept record cocaine shipment

The Guatemalan Navy, working with the US Coast Guard, intercepted the largest cocaine shipment in Guatemala’s history some 300 nautical miles off its coast.

Photo: Guatemalan defense ministry

According to a Guatemalan Armed Forces statement on May 8, the narcotics were intercepted aboard a Tanzania-flagged cargo ship.

Following the operation, the vessel was berthed at the Puerto Quetzal port where Guatemalan and US agents have so far discovered over 3 tons of cocaine. It was noted that the inspection is ongoing meaning the final figure could still rise.

Nine Peruvians, two Ecuadorians and two Colombians were arrested following the operation.