Plane intercepted carrying ton of cocaine
GUATEMALA CITY (AP) -- Police in eastern Guatemala intercepted a
small plane carrying almost a ton of cocaine, a top government official
Drugs agents forced the dual-engine Superking to land south of Lake Izabal,
miles northeast from Guatemala City, the capital. Then found 1,807 pounds of drugs
hidden inside the aircraft, Interior Minister Adolfo Reyes said at a news conference.
No arrests were made after a suspect believed to have been the plane's
escaped on a four-wheel-drive motorcycle, Reyes said.
On March 19, authorities forced another small plane to land in the same
Authorities seized one ton of cocaine from that aircraft as well.
Guatemala is trying to regain the confidence of the U.S. government, which
January stripped this country of its anti-drug certification. The White House said
President Alfonso Portillo's government wasn't doing enough to combat drug
Speaking during a conference in Washington on Tuesday, State Department
Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Curtis Struble praised Guatemala's recent
"If things keep going the way they have until now, I have no doubt that
qualify for total certification" soon, Struble said.
Copyright 2003 The Associated Press.