U.S. and Guatemala Conclude Joint Anti-Drug Operation

first_imgBy Dialogo October 26, 2012 Senior Guatemalan Military officers announced the end of the joint counter drug operation with the United States on October 24, after two months of operations in the south of the country, in which 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized. “We have significant results including 598 air, land, and sea operations that were successful, which paid off since 2,000 kilos of cocaine were seized in different locations, particularly in international waters,” Guatemalan President Otto Pérez told the press. In addition, eight speedboats and nine firearms were confiscated, and 14 people were arrested due to different crimes related to drug trafficking. As the joint operations were finalized, 171 U.S. Marines left the country, and now the Guatemalan forces will continue with the operations, said Guatemalan Army spokesman Erick Escobedo. “The operation will not stop, but it will be reduced. The Military and counter drug agents gained experience and the necessary training to continue with the fight against drug trafficking groups,” said the Military spokesman. Since the beginning of the operation last August, the Armed Forces also found weapons and dismantled three laboratories that manufactured synthetic drugs. Guatemala, as well as other countries in Central America, has become a bridge and drug cartel warehouse for smuggled narcotics from South America to the United States.last_img read more

O’Neill praise for NI duo’s commitment

first_img “It’s a bit of a challenge with some of the withdrawals we’ve had but this is an opportunity for some of our players who are a bit untried at this level,” said O’Neill. “Credit to Ryan and to James, they jumped on a plane and arrived here late last night. That’s the level of commitment we’re looking for. “They’ll train but we have to be careful with them. It’s a good opportunity for them to stake a claim on a permanent basis.” Shane Ferguson is another major doubt for the match after he was unable to fly out with the squad due to illness. He may yet join the side but O’Neill is not counting on it. “Communications are ongoing but at the moment he is too ill to travel,” he said. O’Neill has been hit by several withdrawals for Friday’s friendly in Adana, with Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt, Michael O’Connor and Jamie Ward all withdrawing from his initial 18-man squad. Uncapped New York Red Bulls midfielder Jonny Steele was first summoned to bolster numbers, while left-back McGivern and centre-half McPake both acted quickly in flying from Edinburgh to Istanbul and on to Adana on Tuesday evening. Press Associationcenter_img Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has praised the commitment of Hibernian duo Ryan McGivern and James McPake after the pair answered a late call to join the squad in Turkey. last_img read more