Guatemala city. A total of eleven Mexicans and one Colombian were arrested in northern Guatemala, near the Mexican border, with 422 kilos of cocaine, after landing on a clandestine track, security forces reported.
Police spokesman Pablo Castillo said that the capture and seizure of the drug took place in the Estrella del Norte community, in Laguna del Tigre, a wooded and protected area in the department of Petén, bordering Mexico and Belize .
He explained that the drug was transported in a plane that landed on a clandestine runway and the catches were made after a confrontation between Guatemalan police and military with at least 25 suspected drug traffickers.
Meanwhile, the Army spokesman, Óscar Pérez, commented that the radars detected the trace of an illegal flight that entered Guatemalan territory, so they deployed Air Force helicopters and ground personnel to the site where the ship landed.
Pérez said that when the military units and police arrived at the scene they found at least 25 suspected drug traffickers withdrawing the drug from the aircraft, which when they noticed the military presence attacked with firearms.
Security forces arrested 12 alleged criminals, one of them shot. The rest escaped, detailed.
Of those arrested, 11 are Mexican and the remaining Colombian, he said.
In 2018, Guatemala seized 17,897 kilos of cocaine, a record that exceeded 13,659 kilos of the previous year.
Central America is used by international cartels to traffic drugs and launder money, activities that affect criminal violence.
Washington estimates that 90 percent of the cocaine that arrives in the United States goes by light aircraft, boats and submarines through Mexico and Central America.