A small plane from Venezuela was intercepted by the Honduran Armed Forces in the department of Gracias a Dios, in the east of the country bordering Nicaragua, carrying 489 kilos of cocaine and heavy weaponry including a grenade launcher, an official source confirmed on Monday, August 24.
Venezuela has become a hub for transshipment of cocaine, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Nicolas Maduro is wanted by US authorities in connection with narco-terrorism activities and offered a bounty of $15 million for him. His wife, First Combatant Cilia Flores, their children, several family members, and almost every other top collaborator have also designated have and have a bounty on their heads.
In the search, 16 bundles of cocaine were found wrapped in packaging, whose total weight was 489 kilos, said the source, who said that authorities also seized an AK-47 rifle, a rifle magazine, a 9-millimeter pistol, and a grenade launcher.
The twin-engine plane, which came from Venezuela, crashed and was intercepted on Sunday in clandestine landing area in the Aguas sector, where a confrontation between the military and criminal groups took place, without causing injuries, he explained.