Sunday, July 26, 2020

Narco Planes

On July 5 a jet crash landed on a highway in Quintana Roo. A few days earlier cops found a Gulfstream II business jet abandoned on a clandestine runway. These are part of a growing number of ‘narco planes’ used to smuggle cocaine from South America. Guatemalan security forces found 50 abandoned narco jets in the country last year. Dozens more landed and then flew away.

90% of the cocaine consumed in the US transits through Guatemala. Airstrips are being cut into Laguna Del Tire National Park in Guatemala to land jets full of cocaine.
Jets can carry more than $100m worth of cocaine, to be ferried out of the jungle, through Mexico and onto the United States.
When one trafficking route closes, another emerges to take its place. Submarines and go fast boats through the Pacific have been under pressure from U.S. Coast Guard vessels. Cocaine-filled jets once flew to Mexico and Honduras, until those countries developed aerial interdiction teams. Guatemala's vast National Park has no such dangers.

In a rare case Guatemalan soldiers managed to confront the traffickers while they were still unloading drugs. A shootout ensued. The traffickers had seven vehicles and more than a dozen assault rifles. They eventually fled toward Mexico.
The Guatemalan military recovered a narco jet with 1,700 kilos of drugs in Laguna del Tigre National Park in January 2020.

Air routes have proven more difficult to block. Enforcement in Guatemala’s remote corners is almost nonexistent. “We are talking about an industry that has enough money to abandon million-dollar planes in the jungle,” Guatemalan Army Col. Juan de la Paz said. “Their resources are infinite, and we are just trying to keep up.”
See ----->Mexican military opens fire on cartel plane carrying drugs
See ----->Narco plane lands on Mexican highway in Quintana Roo